[b-greek] Re: present active participle in Hebr. 6:6

From: Kimmo Huovila (kimmo.huovila@helsinki.fi)
Date: Thu May 03 2001 - 13:54:19 EDT

dixonps@juno.com wrote:

> No, it does not indicate the time of the action. These participles are
> probably causal and should be taken as indicating why it is impossible to
> renew them to repentance - because, if it were possible to renew them to
> repentance, then it would also include a crucifying to themselves the Son
> of God and a putting Him to open shame. But, it is impossible for Christ
> to be crucified again. Therefore, it is impossible to renew them to
> repentance. Clearcut logical implication recognized and spelled out by
> the author.

Does the participle ever have this sense? This is no normal causal
participle, in which case both propositions (the matrix clause and the
participial clause) are both true (simultaneously). In other words, a
normal causal participle would say that it is not possible to renew them
because 'they do X', not that because 'it would require X'. Very
different semantics, IMHO.

Kimmo Huovila

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