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by Barry Hofstetter
June 7th, 2011, 8:32 pm
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: Double Negatives (was John 14:30)
Replies: 19
Views: 4325

Re: Double Negatives (was John 14:30)

However, on this whole idea of double negatives contained within the same clause, everyone is agreed that it serves as emphasis or confirmation of the negative. For example, Smyth, #2762: The negative of one clause is often repeated in the same or in another clause either for emphasis or because of...
by Barry Hofstetter
June 7th, 2011, 11:57 am
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: Please critique my theory of
Replies: 17
Views: 4140

Re: Please critique my theory of

Regarding 2 Cor 11:7 Ἢ ἁμαρτίαν ἐποίησα ἐμαυτὸν ταπεινῶν ἵνα ὑμεῖς ὑψωθῆτε, ὅτι δωρεὰν τὸ τοῦ θεοῦ εὐαγγέλιον εὐηγγελισάμην ὑμῖν; This isn't the same as the above question. Here ἁμαρτίαν is the object of ἐποίησα (first-person) and ἐμαυτὸν is the object of ταπεινῶν. There are two different verbs wit...
by Barry Hofstetter
June 7th, 2011, 7:24 am
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: Double Negatives (was John 14:30)
Replies: 19
Views: 4325

Re: Double Negatives (was John 14:30)

I'll let Jason respond to the rest of your post, and I may have a comment or two later on, but let me ask here what difference you see in English meaning between your sentences? Notice there is no double negative here -- ουδεμία here simply modifies σκοτία, "and there is no darkness in him." Hello ...
by Barry Hofstetter
June 7th, 2011, 12:09 am
Forum: Vocabulary
Topic: Basic Vocabulary
Replies: 3
Views: 1494

Re: Basic Vocabulary

There are plenty of published and online resources for NT vocabulary, if such lists are going to help you learn to read the Greek better. http://www.biblicalgreek.org/grammar/vocabulary.php http://ntresources.com/documents/elgkvoc.pdf Of course, Trenchard and Metzger for traditionally published mate...
by Barry Hofstetter
June 6th, 2011, 9:21 pm
Forum: Church Fathers and Patristic Greek Texts
Topic: Preparing for Patristic Greek
Replies: 15
Views: 6478

Re: Preparing for Patristic Greek

Thanks, all. James, I haven't decided where to start. I've dabbled with it before. I've read the Didache and some in the Apostolic Fathers. This Fall I'm starting as a research assistant in Villanova University's Augustinian Institute, so I'll be spending plenty of time in Latin. To complement my s...
by Barry Hofstetter
June 6th, 2011, 7:37 pm
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: Please critique my theory of
Replies: 17
Views: 4140

Re: Please critique my theory of

This, I believe, is fairly representative of how 2 Cor 5:21 is generally rendered: 2Co 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. For more samples, see: http://bible.cc/2_corinthians/5-21.htm My theory is that, rather than tak...
by Barry Hofstetter
June 6th, 2011, 12:22 pm
Forum: Seen on the Web
Topic: Reading Greek beyond the basics: Saturation style
Replies: 12
Views: 3055

Re: Reading Greek beyond the basics: Saturation style

Here is my system. It is very similar to what has already been posted, but I actually put it together for studying the Apostolic Fathers collection. Using it for the NT would only require ignoring a few of the smaller steps. I think that there is lots of excellent advice and examples in this discus...
by Barry Hofstetter
June 6th, 2011, 11:58 am
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: Double Negatives (was John 14:30)
Replies: 19
Views: 4325

Re: Double Negatives (was John 14:30)

Also, in 1 John 1:5, why are "σκοτια" and "ουδεμια" separated so much if "ουκ" in front of the verb is simply "grammatically required" (although I agree that it is "grammatically required" but perhaps the alternatives have slightly different meaning)? [1 John 1:5] και εστιν αυτη η αγγελια ην ακηκοα...
by Barry Hofstetter
June 6th, 2011, 7:16 am
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: John 14:30
Replies: 24
Views: 5183

Re: John 14:30

I agree with the rule of thumb, but don't find εὑρήσει for ἔχει to be a trivial or inconseqential variance. Another variant appears in the previous phrase that seems to disagree with NA: Clarke: "The prince of this world - Τουτου, of this, is omitted by ABDEGHKLMS, Mt. BH, one hundred others; both ...
by Barry Hofstetter
June 5th, 2011, 11:11 pm
Forum: Vocabulary
Topic: Learning Greek Verbs
Replies: 12
Views: 7587

Re: Learning Greek Verbs

By reading, I mean working through the text, making sure that you understand it. This may require looking up vocabulary items that you can't figure out from context, reviewing forms to make sure that are understanding them correctly, and so forth. But reading is precisely the skill you want to devel...

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