From: Iver Larsen (email@example.com)
Date: Sat Feb 24 2001 - 01:31:47 EST
> Hebr. 6:4-5: "ADUNATON GAR TOUS hAPAX FWTISQENTAS, GEUSAMENOUS TE THS
> DWREAS THS EPOURANIOU KAI METOCOUS GENHQENTAS PNEUMATOS hAGIOU KAI KALON
> GEUSAMENOUS QEOU hRHMA DUNAMEIS TE MELLONTOS AIWNOS"
> Levinsohn writes (Discourse Features of NT Greek:106-7):"TE solitarium,
> in contrast, adds distinct propositions that are characterized by
> sameness, in the sense that they refer to different aspects of the same
> event, the same occasion, or the same pragmatic unit."
> 1) Should we take the first TE as a TE solitarium? I know there are
> following KAIs, but we could think of the KAIs as connecting different
> entities covered all by this one TE. Thus the construction would not be
> TE ... KAI but TE (P KAI P KAI P), where P stands for a participle with
> its dependents.
> 2) If so, would the TE be a hint that to be FWTISQEIS is to be
> GEUSAMENOS..KAI ..GENHQEIS..KAI GEUSAMENOS...? In other words, does this
> FWTISQHNAI mean to have the following experiences?
> Kimmo Huovila
Yes, I think you are quite right. The first TE suggests a close link between
FWTISQEIS and the following coordinated propositions. They give further detail
about what it means to "have been enlightened". It would be better not to
translate it with "and" in English, because "and" suggests a separation, whereas
TE suggest a strong overlap in meaning. Either a full stop or a "that is" would
be closer to the meaning of TE here. The second TE similarly suggests a close
semantic overlap between "Word of God" and "powers".
At least this is my understanding of TE, and I believe I am in agreement with
Levinsohn on this point.
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