From: Mike Sangrey (msangrey@BlueFeltHat.org)
Date: Wed Aug 08 2001 - 15:00:03 EDT
"Conrad Chiu" <email@example.com> said:
> I am very novice greek learner. I am just wondering if anyone can tell
> me what are the pointers to when "mallon" should be translated as
> "more than" as opposed to "rather than". I am specifically think of 2
> Tim 3:4 where the meaning will be quite significantly different.
To me, MALLON sets up a superlative relationship. Whether the
relationship is comparison or contrast is to be determined by other
syntactic or semantic clues in the context.
For example, 2 Tim 3:4--
FILHDONOI MALLON H FILOQEOI
The `H' (or) is the syntactic clue which sets up the contrast.
The NIV has "lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God." I would
probably intensify the contrast even more since I think that is what
MALON is doing here. Something like: "lovers of pleasure which is
quite distinct from lovers of God." Perhaps I'm overtranslating.
"The first one last wins."
"A net of highly cohesive details reveals the truth."
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