Date: Thu Jun 21 2001 - 17:09:18 EDT
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<BR>I have discussed in very general terms my theory of syntactic mechanics and
<BR>semantic motivations for word order. In my dissertation I applied this to
<BR>the Epistle to the Hebrews and found that it works. One example is that
<BR>every time QEOS is used as subject of a verb (10 times total) it is always
<BR>in the "special" word order. Following is a couple of pages from my
<BR>But one does not need to go into neurology to test this theory. Following
<BR>are some verse-by-verse conclusions from uneconomic word order motivated by
<BR>265. Heb 1:9. God is the one who set Christ above His companions.
<BR>266. Heb 2:13. God is the one who gave children to follow Christ.
<BR>267. Heb 4:4. God is the one who rested from His works.
<BR>268. Heb 6:3. God is the one who permits or does not permit ministry
<BR>269. Heb 9:20. God is the one who commanded obedience to the covenant.
<BR>270. Heb 11:5. God is the one who took Enoch away.
<BR>271. Heb 11:16. God is the one who is not ashamed to be called their God.
<BR>272. Heb 12:7. God is the one who is treating us like sons.
<BR>273. Heb 13:4. God is the one who judges adulterers and the sexually
<BR>274. Heb 13:16. God is the one who is pleased with such sacrifices.
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<BR>I am interested in word order and Hebrews, so I gave your post extra
<BR>I have a few concerns. In the list above, five of the occurrences are
<BR>citations so that all things being equal, the LXX translator would be
<BR>responsible for the word order. Now if the citation in Hebrews differs in
<BR>word order from the LXX and the LXX is SV instead of VS, it would help your
<BR>case significantly. On the other hand, if it is exactly the same order, then
<BR>the Hebrews author is not responsible (though you might suggest that he
<BR>selected the citation because of the word order).
<BR>The other concern is that there are a number of other verses in Hebrews where
<BR>God is the subject of a verb besides the ten you mentioned. Furthermore, in
<BR>1:1, 6:13, 6:17 and 13:20, the order is SV, though apart from 1:1 the
<BR>sentence structure is quite complicated.
<BR>So, I think it would improve your case to consider the citations seperately
<BR>in comparison and contrast with the LXX and to make sure that you include all
<BR>occurrences of QEOS with a finite verb.
<BR>Colorado Christian University
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