αρτι / νυν = now (adv.) / present (adj.)

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David Lim
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αρτι / νυν = now (adv.) / present (adj.)

Post by David Lim » August 14th, 2011, 11:53 pm

Dear all,

It seems to me that "αρτι" and "νυν" are used quite interchangeably, meaning "now" as an adverb or "present" as an adjective. Is it true that they are very close synonyms and indistinguishable in the area in which their meanings overlap, or are there some subtle differences which I did not catch? I notice that LSJ says of "ἄρτι": "later, = νῦν".

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Re: αρτι / νυν = now (adv.) / present (adj.)

Post by Stephen Carlson » August 17th, 2011, 8:06 pm

My resources (BDAG, Louw-Nida, etc.) don't seem to distinguish between these two words, but Edwin A. Abbott in Johannine Grammar § 1915(vi) claims the following:
Άρτι is distinguished from νῦν as "this moment" is distinguished from "this present time."
Personally, I don't find this statement too helpful but it's the best I've seen.
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Re: αρτι / νυν = now (adv.) / present (adj.)

Post by David Lim » August 17th, 2011, 8:55 pm

sccarlson wrote:My resources (BDAG, Louw-Nida, etc.) don't seem to distinguish between these two words, but Edwin A. Abbott in Johannine Grammar § 1915(vi) claims the following:
Άρτι is distinguished from νῦν as "this moment" is distinguished from "this present time."
Personally, I don't find this statement too helpful but it's the best I've seen.
I see, thanks! Yes LSJ seems to imply that was true at first but later the usage was much confused.
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