Date: Wed Nov 21 2001 - 08:38:09 EST
In a message dated 11/21/01 5:11:44 AM, TimFrancis@excite.com writes:
>I have very little Greek, but can read it with the help of a parallel
>text. I am trying to decipher 'dinatai' for 'cannot'. (This is where
>Jesus says to his listeners that unless a man be born again, he 'cannot'
>enter the Kingdom of Heaven. What does the 'cannot' mean. As far as I
>can tell from parallel texts and dictionaries, 'dinatai' means cannot in
>the sense of 'have not the power', 'not strong enough'. Is this right?
>need some clarification for a PhD thesis I am writing which involves
>analysis of Luther's translation.
Louw & Nida has an entry for DUNAMAI as follows
74.5 DUNAMAI; DUNATEW: (derivatives of DUNAMIS "ability," (74.) to be able to
do or to experience something -- "can, to be able to."
DUNAMAI: OUDEIS DUNATAI DUSI KURIOIS DOULEUEIN "no one can serve two masters"
This is also one of the verbs that occurs only in the middle, probably
meaning something like, "is not able (of himself) to enter the Kingdom."
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