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by Barry Hofstetter
July 5th, 2011, 5:23 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions
Topic: Deponent Verb in 2 Thess. 2:10
Replies: 14
Views: 5111

Re: Deponent Verb in 2 Thess. 2:10

Stephen is one of the few teachers of beginning Greek who has abandoned the time-cursed doctrine of “deponency.” But there are others, and I hope their number will grow. I’ve never bought into the proposition that “you have to lie a lot when you’re teaching a beginning language.” What is true is th...
by Barry Hofstetter
July 5th, 2011, 7:14 am
Forum: Grammar Questions
Topic: Deponent Verb in 2 Thess. 2:10
Replies: 14
Views: 5111

Re: Deponent Verb in 2 Thess. 2:10

Classifying something as "deponent" isn't really helpful. It just means a middle-morphology verb whose active form is so rare or missing that you have to look it up under its middle form (here, δέχομαι) in the lexicon. The rubric "passive [or middle] in form but active in meaning" is also unhelpful...
by Barry Hofstetter
July 3rd, 2011, 1:25 am
Forum: New Testament
Topic: 1 Cor 7:19 - "Circumcision" or "The Circumcision"?
Replies: 1
Views: 1035

Re: 1 Cor 7:19 - "Circumcision" or "The Circumcision"?

ἡ περιτομὴ οὐδέν ἐστιν καὶ ἡ ἀκροβυστία οὐδέν ἐστιν, ἀλλὰ τήρησις ἐντολῶν θεοῦ. H PERITOMH OUDEN ESTIN KAI H AKROBUSTIA OUDEN ESTIN, ALLA THRESIS ENTOLVN QEOU. Looking at this verse today, I was wondering if there was anything in the Greek text that could help deduce whether this is, as what's been...
by Barry Hofstetter
June 30th, 2011, 3:22 pm
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Definition of Aorist
Replies: 3
Views: 4338

Re: Definition of Aorist

Closest I can find to a source is here: http://www.searchgodsword.org/lex/grk/extras.cgi?number=5684 The first paragraph and the last, of course, blatantly contradict each other. The page gives this as a reference: Bibliography Information Thayer and Smith. "Greek Lexicon entry for ". "The New Test...
by Barry Hofstetter
June 30th, 2011, 2:44 pm
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Definition of Aorist
Replies: 3
Views: 4338

Definition of Aorist

Recently, someone cited this definition of the aorist (in order to establish a particular theological point, surprise): The aorist tense is characterized by its emphasis on punctiliar action; that is, the concept of the verb is considered without regard for past, present, or future time. There is no...
by Barry Hofstetter
June 29th, 2011, 12:25 pm
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: κατα in Gal. 1:13
Replies: 4
Views: 1427

Re: κατα in Gal. 1:13

Let me just suggest trying simple glosses to get you in the ballpark, if the meaning isn't immediately evident: Galatians 1:13 you have heard ... ὅτι καθ᾽ ὑπερβολὴν ἐδίωκον τὴν ἐκκλησίαν τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ ἐπόρθουν αὐτήν, that, according to / during excess I was persecuting the church of God... In other ...
by Barry Hofstetter
June 26th, 2011, 10:34 pm
Forum: Seen on the Web
Topic: Putting Good Greek into Bad English
Replies: 5
Views: 2044

Re: Putting Good Greek into Bad English

For Carl: I always have my students read the Greek (and Latin) before offering any English version. Latine! Ἐλληνιστί...

For Vasili, this is what we call an idiom... :D
by Barry Hofstetter
June 26th, 2011, 10:23 pm
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: Moods in Gal. 2:2
Replies: 3
Views: 972

Re: Moods in Gal. 2:2

ἀνέβην δὲ κατὰ ἀποκάλυψιν• καὶ ἀνεθέμην αὐτοῖς τὸ εὐαγγέλιον ὃ κηρύσσω ἐν τοῖς ἔθνεσιν, κατ᾽ ἰδίαν δὲ τοῖς δοκοῦσιν, μή πως εἰς κενὸν τρέχω ἢ ἔδραμον . I understand the shift in tense, but I'm wondering why Paul would shift from a subjunctive (τρέχω) to an indicative (ἔδραμον). Also, since the indi...
by Barry Hofstetter
June 24th, 2011, 12:55 am
Forum: Lexicons
Topic: BDAG 2nd Edition v. 3rd Edition
Replies: 11
Views: 5794

Re: BDAG 2nd Edition v. 3rd Edition

I have a copy of Autenrieth from the public domain. It was one I was considering printing for myself (I work for a printer). The version is from either late 19th C. or early 20th. The version on Amazon appears to be the same edition. Does anyone know if this is a modern reprint or a revised edition...
by Barry Hofstetter
June 23rd, 2011, 8:33 pm
Forum: Lexicons
Topic: BDAG 2nd Edition v. 3rd Edition
Replies: 11
Views: 5794

Re: BDAG 2nd Edition v. 3rd Edition

Yes, I prefer the Georg Autenrieth lexicon (available from Amazon and others), admitting that Cunliffe is very good. I think the Autenrieth woodcuts that illustrate so many Homeric objects are priceless. I note that there's a dialogue at Textkit on the relative advantages of the two: http://www.tex...

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