From: Carl W. Conrad (email@example.com)
Date: Sat Jun 30 2001 - 20:53:44 EDT
At 12:13 AM +0000 7/1/01, Mark Wilson wrote:
>OIDAMEN GAR hOTI hO NOMOS PNEUMATIKAS ESTIN EGO DE SARKINOS EIMI...
>In light of all the first persons in this chapter, I wonder if this
>construct could be a MEN...DE construct:
>OIDA MEN GAR...
>For I know, on the one hand, that...
>It's really not that important, but a commentary I'm reading
>made note of it, and really didn't seem to side one way or the other.
At first sight this seems plausible, but if such an antithesis is actually
intended the MEN should follow hO, so that the text would then read:
OIDAMEN GAR hOTI hO MEN NOMOS PNEUMATIKOS ESTIN, EGW DE SARKINOS EIMI ...
That is to say: the antithesis concerns the diametrically opposed natures
of the Law and the speaker's self: It's not "I know... but I am." Rather it
would seem to be: "I know that so far as the Law is concerned, it's
spiritual, but when it comes to me, I'm flesh and blood ..."
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University
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