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by MAubrey
February 24th, 2020, 4:14 pm
Forum: Greek Language and Linguistics
Topic: What replaced the optative in Koine?
Replies: 14
Views: 600

Re: What replaced the optative in Koine?

I've often heard that the optative gradually disappeared from spoken Koine and was replaced by the subjunctive, but none of the grammars actually list the functions of the optative under the subjunctive, since there don't seem to be any examples. For example, what takes the role of the potential op...
by MAubrey
February 21st, 2020, 6:01 pm
Forum: Pragmatics and Discourse
Topic: Richard Rhodes on Definiteness
Replies: 29
Views: 1087

Re: Richard Rhodes on Definiteness

It's a bit clearer than the usual way of explaining definiteness, which involves identifiability. But there are uses of the Greek (definite) article that don't fit into the explanation, for example, Matt 26:51. Matt 26:51 Καὶ ἰδοὺ εἷς τῶν μετὰ Ἰησοῦ ἐκτείνας τὴν χεῖρα ἀπέσπασεν τὴν μάχαιραν αὐτοῦ κ...
by MAubrey
February 7th, 2020, 3:32 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: In Revelation 7:14, is there a grammatical reason why ἐκ shouldn't be read "since"?
Replies: 9
Views: 423

Re: In Revelation 7:14, is there a grammatical reason why ἐκ shouldn't be read "since"?

"Since" as in, "after"? Or "since" as in "reason"?

The former might be possible, but not the latter.

But with motion verbs (ἐρχόμενοι), we expect object of ἐκ to function as a place of origin. They came out of the great tribulation (i.e. because they died).
by MAubrey
January 19th, 2020, 9:54 pm
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: πολιτεύεσθε and πολιτεύεσθαι
Replies: 13
Views: 701

Re: πολιτεύεσθε and πολιτεύεσθαι

Certainly keep πολιτεύεσθαι.

But I would probably still parse it as an imperative. Gignac says ε ~ αι is the second most common interchange of vowels in the papyri.

I'm guessing you don't have a mechanism in place for listing a second, alternative parsing?
by MAubrey
January 10th, 2020, 9:49 pm
Forum: Greek Language and Linguistics
Topic: How was αι in Hebrew PNs like Ιεσσαι read by Koine Greek speakers in early MSS of the New Testament?
Replies: 9
Views: 685

Re: How was αι in Hebrew PNs like Ιεσσαι read by Koine Greek speakers in early MSS of the New Testament?

That depends. If the larger language community is using manuscripts with spelling such as these that overtly distinguish between the two pronunciations, then those communities would have also continued pronouncing Hebrew names as [ai] rather than [ε]. Conversely if the community is not using such m...
by MAubrey
January 3rd, 2020, 4:40 pm
Forum: Greek Language and Linguistics
Topic: How was αι in Hebrew PNs like Ιεσσαι read by Koine Greek speakers in early MSS of the New Testament?
Replies: 9
Views: 685

Re: How was αι in Hebrew PNs like Ιεσσαι read by Koine Greek speakers in early MSS of the New Testament?

Your sources seem to be conceding that only a small minority of scribes, largely restricted to those who knew Hebrew or Aramaic, or both, in addition to Greek, ever used the alternative spellings corresponding to αϊ. If that is the case, surely the corollary is that |ε| had by then become the stand...
by MAubrey
December 31st, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Greek Language and Linguistics
Topic: φανεροω in Eph 5:13
Replies: 5
Views: 462

Re: φανεροω in Eph 5:13

Second, my actual Greek question, concerning the last few words of this verse. It seems easier to understand an expression like, "whatever MAKES visible is light" than to understand "whatever BECOMES visible is light". If φανερούμενον is nominative passive, then it seems that "whatever BECOMES visi...
by MAubrey
December 29th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: New book: Toward a Cognitive Classical Linguistics
Replies: 1
Views: 319

Re: New book: Toward a Cognitive Classical Linguistics

Thanks!

This had been on Amazon last year but then its listing disappeared right before it was supposed to ship. Glad to finally see the contents.

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