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by Brian Gould
December 14th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Greek Language and Linguistics
Topic: θύρα in Acts 3:2
Replies: 8
Views: 164

Re: θύρα in Acts 3:2

Applying that to a word such as θύρα works pretty well. The central meaning seems to be an opening through which things or people can pass, which can be closed, and which was man-made. But that could equally well serve as the central meaning of πύλη, couldn’t it? Just as in English it could serve e...
by Brian Gould
December 7th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Colors in Ancient Greek
Replies: 22
Views: 650

Re: Colors in Ancient Greek

Thank you, Stephen, for your color chart, which I am now referring to in yet another attempt to decode the symbolism of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Having met, in John’s order, first the ἵππος λευκός, followed by the ἵππος πυρρός, then the μέλας, and finally the χλωρός, we are told (in v. 8...
by Brian Gould
November 24th, 2019, 5:00 pm
Forum: New Testament
Topic: John 8:33 Antecedant of "they"
Replies: 15
Views: 3077

Re: John 8:33 Antecedant of "they"

Thank you, Barry. I hadn't noticed that it was what you call a necro-post. I like that expressive coinage, by the way. I hope you won't mind if I use it on other websites!
by Brian Gould
November 23rd, 2019, 8:37 pm
Forum: New Testament
Topic: John 8:33 Antecedant of "they"
Replies: 15
Views: 3077

Re: John 8:33 Antecedant of "they"

It is sometimes said that the presence/absence of the preposition εἰς makes a difference. In v. 30 they “believe in him,” i.e. they believe he truly is who he says he is, but in v. 31 they only “believe him,” in the sense that they believe what he just said, they accept that one particular statement...
by Brian Gould
November 10th, 2019, 11:08 am
Forum: Beginners Forum
Topic: Capitalisation of διαβόλος in Ephesians 6:11
Replies: 2
Views: 458

Re: Capitalisation of διαβόλος in Ephesians 6:11

Aristotle. The word appears three times in the Topics, part of the Posterior Analytics. All three occurrences are in Book 4. The first of them, in section 5, is on p. 462 of the Loeb edition:

https://archive.org/details/L391Aristot ... /page/n473
by Brian Gould
October 14th, 2019, 8:10 pm
Forum: New Testament
Topic: From παλαιστή to πῆχυς (Psalm 39:5, Matt 6:27, Luke 12:25)
Replies: 4
Views: 4341

Re: From παλαιστή to πῆχυς (Psalm 39:5, Matt 6:27, Luke 12:25)

The thing that struck me about the examples below is that the passage appears to want a small amount, of which even that no person is capable of adding to their life through worry. A cubit is about a quarter of the body length 6ft man. That seems a lot for a comparison of this type. Yes, the shorte...
by Brian Gould
October 14th, 2019, 8:06 pm
Forum: New Testament
Topic: From παλαιστή to πῆχυς (Psalm 39:5, Matt 6:27, Luke 12:25)
Replies: 4
Views: 4341

Re: From παλαιστή to πῆχυς (Psalm 39:5, Matt 6:27, Luke 12:25)

I think this requires an assessment of how likely the original audience would have made the connection. Hi Jacob. Thank you for your reply. I agree it would be helpful to find out how well known Psalm 39 was among the population at large in first-century Judea, but I have no idea how to set about d...
by Brian Gould
September 15th, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: New Testament
Topic: From παλαιστή to πῆχυς (Psalm 39:5, Matt 6:27, Luke 12:25)
Replies: 4
Views: 4341

From παλαιστή to πῆχυς (Psalm 39:5, Matt 6:27, Luke 12:25)

Before I start, allow me to say that I hope this post is in order, in accordance with B-Greek house rules, and that this is the right forum for it. If not, please feel free to move it or delete it. NT translators and editors find it difficult to make up their minds about Jesus’ saying reported in Ma...
by Brian Gould
September 7th, 2019, 6:13 am
Forum: Koine Greek Texts
Topic: Translation of the Words ἓν, ἤρξαντο, ἀναφορὰν ἔχειν
Replies: 14
Views: 7659

Re: Translation of the Words ἓν, ἤρξαντο, ἀναφορὰν ἔχειν

I'd just like to add a further comment about Dr. Rollinson's fine book. A month or two ago I was looking for a suitable textbook for home study. I liked the look of Dr. Rollinson's book, so I downloaded it and showed it to an online acquaintance who is a professor of Classical Greek at Cambridge Uni...
by Brian Gould
July 23rd, 2019, 9:28 pm
Forum: Septuagint and Pseudepigrapha
Topic: Lamech's number in the MT and the LXX (Gen 4:24)
Replies: 2
Views: 2952

Re: Lamech's number in the MT and the LXX (Gen 4:24)

Thank you, Tony, for taking the trouble to give such a fully documented answer to my question. Iver Larsen’s long article, in particular, makes a compelling case that “seventy-seven times,” rather than “seventy times seven times,” is more likely to be the correct translation of ἑβδομηκοντάκις ἑπτά i...

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