[b-greek] Re: Gal. 4:13 hOTI DI'

From: Carl W. Conrad (cwconrad@artsci.wustl.edu)
Date: Sun Nov 11 2001 - 18:30:46 EST

At 4:53 PM -0600 11/11/01, Steven R. Lo Vullo wrote:
>on 11/11/01 3:45 PM, Wayne Leman at wayne_leman@sil.org wrote:
>> One of my coworkers is currently revising the translation of Galatians and
>> asked me yesterday to help him determine the meaning of hOTI DI' in Gal.
>> 4:13. English versions are divided as to whether these particles indicate
>> the cause of Paul's preaching to them the first time or a circumstantial
>> condition of his preaching to them the first time. Do you all on this list
>> feel there is any way that we can tell from the Greek here which of these
>> semantic options is more likely?
>Wayne, I don't think hOTI and DI' should be construed together as a phrase
>or an idiom. In light of the fact that the main verb is OIDATE, a verb of
>perception, I think it is better to take hOTI as a marker of indirect
>statement, i.e., introducing the content of the Galatians' knowledge. I also
>think the most natural way to take the preposition DI' is in a causal sense.

FWIW (i.e. one more vote when what's right on a matter like this can't be
determined by votes--even if translation committees decide probabilities
that way!), I think Steven is right on target.

Carl W. Conrad
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