Date: Fri Nov 30 2001 - 22:02:35 EST
3.11 hWS WMOSA EN TH ORGH MOU:
EI EISELEUSONTAI EIS THN KATAVPAUSIVN MOU.
In doing some work on Hebrews I came across this use of the conditional
as a sort of negative oath. Now, I can understand the basic meaning here as
" if they shall enter my rest (or will they enter my rest ?) . No -- they
will not ! ( understood apodosis)." This phrase of course is repeated
several times ( 4:3and 5).
In 3:18 we have TISIN DE WMOSEN MH EISELEUSESQAI EIS THN
KATAPAUSIN AUTOU EI MH TOIS APEIQHSASIN… Now this phrase seems to be
from Numbers 14:23, although it is not the same as the Septuagint.
The first phrase is an exact quote from the Septuagint in Psalm 95:11,
which duplicates the Hebrew. All of this brings a number of questions:
1. Is the conditional as negative oath common in Greek or a Hebraism?
Robertson (p.1024) says that it is "...an imitation of the Hebrew idiom,
though not un-Greek in itself."
2. The phrase in 3:18 makes a simple negative statement, so what is the
difference between the two?
You have a simple conditional with the future indicative in one and a simple
negation with the future infinitive in the second.
There are obviously more questions, but let's start with these two.
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