[b-greek] Didache (and MI imperatives)

From: Keith Thompson (KAT@kneptune.demon.co.uk)
Date: Thu Nov 08 2001 - 15:28:45 EST

  My beginning grammar doesn't say much about MI conjugation forms, but
lists them all in a table using DIDWMI, hISTHMI and TIQHMI. For aorist
middle imperatives the forms of DIDWMI and TIQHMI are 'DOU' and 'QOU'
(and aorist middle hISTHMI is not listed), is this incorrect? So I
assumed the aorist middle imperative of DUNAMAI would be something like
'DUNOU' (or if it's DUNA+OU, DUNW). I wasn't thinking about contract
vowels at all, it didn't occur to me that they are lengthened before
Sigma - DUNHSAI not DUNASAI if it follows the W conjugation. So does
DUNAMAI follow the MI or W conjugation in the aorist tense? Are both
forms used with all MI verbs or do certain verbs follow the MI
conjugation whilst others follow W?
  As for the meaning of the imperative, the idea I had was 'neither
should you be powerful', meaning not forceful in getting your stuff
back. But is the DUNAMAI imperative never used?
  Thanks again for the help, and for the advice about BAGD. It seems to
get mentioned here quite a lot, and in one of my grammars and lexicons
it constantly says 'see BAGD', and it's only the New Testament and other
Christian literature that I read in Greek so it's perfect for my needs.

Keith Thompson (Manchester, UK)
Mobile email: koff@t-motion.co.uk

Keith Thompson

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