[b-greek] emphasis#2

From: Rick Duggin (rduggin@juno.com)
Date: Wed Nov 14 2001 - 12:21:42 EST

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<DIV>Many thanks to Dennis Hukel, Jeff Smelser, Iver Larsen, and </DIV>
<DIV>Carl Conrad for their responses (some on list, some off ) to </DIV>
<DIV>my question about emphasis.&nbsp; </DIV>
<DIV>May I ask a corollary before returning to my usual lurking</DIV>
<DIV>Concerning emphasis and word order, A.T.Robertson says:</DIV>
<DIV>"This is one of the ruling ideas in the order of words.&nbsp;&nbsp;
<DIV>emphasis may be at the end as well as at the beginning of </DIV>
<DIV>the sentence, or even in the middle in case of antithesis.&nbsp;&nbsp;
<DIV>The emphasis consists in removing a word from its usual position </DIV>
<DIV>to an unusual one."&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; He provides several
<DIV>(Grammar, 147f.)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </DIV>
<DIV>ATR goes on to explain that emphasis alone does not explain </DIV>
<DIV>every unusual order of words in a Greek sentence (419,420), </DIV>
<DIV>and, as Carl pointed out, ATR mentions the large amount of </DIV>
<DIV>personal liberty that was exercised in the trajection of words.</DIV>
<DIV>If I am not misunderstanding ATR, he differs rather </DIV>
<DIV><EM>emphatically</EM> (pardon the pun) with modern scholarship on</DIV>
<DIV>this issue.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Of course, I readily acknowledge that ATR
<DIV>be the one in error, but I'm wondering:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;was ATR's position
<DIV>once the generally accepted position?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In any case, what
<DIV>brought about the change of view?&nbsp;&nbsp; And how can the
<DIV>observer who is NOT a Greek scholar know which view is</DIV>
<DIV>right?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Is it a matter of standing on the shoulders of
<DIV>and getting a better view?</DIV>
<DIV>Please understand that I'm not quibbling w. anyone's answer </DIV>
<DIV>to my question; I suspect that Dennis Hukel is correct in saying</DIV>
<DIV>that context must determine emphasis.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I don't lose any
<DIV>over the disagreement between scholars, but I'm&nbsp;curious about </DIV>
<DIV>this rather common&nbsp;problem&nbsp;where one scholar&nbsp;dogmatically
<DIV>affirms&nbsp;a view that another scholar denies.</DIV>
<DIV>Thanks again for your help.</DIV>
<DIV>Rick Duggin</DIV>
<DIV>Murfreesboro, TN</DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </DIV>
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