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by Robert Emil Berge
May 26th, 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: Pragmatics and Discourse
Topic: PhD thesis - Rudolph - Reclaiming γαρ
Replies: 18
Views: 1357

Re: PhD thesis - Rudolph - Reclaiming γαρ

The best place to check if an academic work is cited is https://scholar.google.com If you search for "Reclaiming Γάρ" there, you'll get two hits, the thesis from 2014 and a book chapter by the same author from 2017. None of them have any citations (although the book chapter should have cited the the...
by Robert Emil Berge
April 27th, 2019, 5:47 am
Forum: Other Greek Texts
Topic: ὄφιν ἐν τῷ κόλπῳ τρέφειν
Replies: 5
Views: 681

Re: ὄφιν ἐν τῷ κόλπῳ τρέφειν

The notion of rearing a snake goes at least back to Aeschylus' Libation Bearers 523-539, which tells of Clytaemestra's nightmare where she gives birth to a snake, and when she feeds it, it draws blood from her breast. Orestes Did you learn what the dream was, so as to be able to tell it accurately? ...
by Robert Emil Berge
February 25th, 2019, 1:36 am
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: Acts 13:48 - is there any merit to these readings?
Replies: 4
Views: 844

Re: Acts 13:48 - is there any merit to these readings?

I'm sorry, reading my answer again, I realize it might seem like I think you are silly to question how the words are used in this way. That's not what I meant. I am curious about why you think your alternatives could be better than the normal translation.
by Robert Emil Berge
February 24th, 2019, 6:37 pm
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: Acts 13:48 - is there any merit to these readings?
Replies: 4
Views: 844

Re: Acts 13:48 - is there any merit to these readings?

No, why would you think something like that? The meaning is clear and obvious here. You shouln't take the different meanings of words in the dictionary and try to force them into different contexts. You should try to get a feeling for the fields of meaning the words cover, and then use that in each ...
by Robert Emil Berge
February 23rd, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: In Acts 13:48 why the [effective] pluperfect?
Replies: 7
Views: 1264

Re: In Acts 13:48 why the [effective] pluperfect?

So there is nothing continuous implied in the pluperfect? Not in the way you imply. It doesn't say anything of the duration of the action, only that it is still in effect. So ἐτεθνήκειν doesn't say anything about how I died, if I died from a long lasting illness or if someone hit me in the head. Bu...
by Robert Emil Berge
February 23rd, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: In Acts 13:48 why the [effective] pluperfect?
Replies: 7
Views: 1264

Re: In Acts 13:48 why the [effective] pluperfect?

"Had been" is the sense here, and translates the pluperfect correctly. "Was appointed" would also have worked, I think. The pluperfect gives a state in the past which was established even before. "Had been being" makes little sense, it seems you want some imperfect aspect as in "who kept on being ap...
by Robert Emil Berge
February 22nd, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: Koine Greek Texts
Topic: Translating an ostracon
Replies: 3
Views: 763

Re: Translating an ostracon

θεοτόκος is a very unusual word, and as far as I can see it is always feminine (except in this ostracon, where it is wrongly masculine), and only used to refer to Mary, mother of God. It is a compound of θεός (god) and τόκος. τόκος is a noun made from the verb τίκτω which means to engender, to bring...
by Robert Emil Berge
February 19th, 2019, 6:38 pm
Forum: Koine Greek Texts
Topic: Translating an ostracon
Replies: 3
Views: 763

Re: Translating an ostracon

It is written by someone obviously aquainted with the words of Luke 1:42, but who wasn't proficient in Greek standard orthography. So it says: ευλογιμενη και ενηξι θεοδοκου του ευλογιμενου γαρπος της κυσου και χαριτωμενη I would normalize it into something like this: εὐλογημένη καὶ <ἐν> (γύ)ναιξι θε...
by Robert Emil Berge
February 14th, 2019, 4:34 pm
Forum: Pragmatics and Discourse
Topic: Infinitive Subjects of ἐγένετο
Replies: 34
Views: 4663

Re: Infinitive Subjects of ἐγένετο

I know nothing about the concept of discourse function, but I can say that it isn't the same to say "It happened that he ..." as "He ...". If the difference is the discourse function, then yes. By the way, in your rewriting, it needs to be imperfect - παρεπορεύετο.
by Robert Emil Berge
February 14th, 2019, 4:27 pm
Forum: Pragmatics and Discourse
Topic: Infinitive Subjects of ἐγένετο
Replies: 34
Views: 4663

Re: Infinitive Subjects of ἐγένετο

In most of these sentences I would consider the infinitive part of the direct object of γίγνομαι, not the subject.