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by Scott Lawson
September 15th, 2018, 10:57 am
Forum: New Testament
Topic: John 8:25 and the adverbial accusative την αρχην
Replies: 27
Views: 894

Re: John 8:25 and the adverbial accusative την αρχην

Dr Buth behind my question on GJohn 8:25 is wondering whether or not it reflects an Aramaic saying. Daniel Boyarin in his book The Gospel of the Memra says that GJohn 1:1-3 is composed with Genesis 1:1 in mind as recorded in the Neofiti targum. There ראשית is understood to be another name for Wisdom...
by Scott Lawson
September 14th, 2018, 10:19 pm
Forum: New Testament
Topic: John 8:25 and the adverbial accusative την αρχην
Replies: 27
Views: 894

Re: John 8:25 and the adverbial accusative την αρχην

Sterling did you notice that the Greek text is punctuated as a question? Your offered translation evidently doesn’t take into account this punctuation. If it was so straightforward a sentence then why is it viewed as a question? More to it than you seem to allow.
by Scott Lawson
September 9th, 2018, 11:23 am
Forum: New Testament
Topic: John 8:25 and the adverbial accusative την αρχην
Replies: 27
Views: 894

John 8:25 and the adverbial accusative την αρχην

Is it possible that τὴν ἀρχὴν stands in apposition to ὅτι καὶ λαλῶ ὑμῖν and mean something like “The Beginning, that I even spoke to you.”? - See Smyth section 1607 for accusatives in apposition. Below are comments I wrote up a number of years ago when I was researching this verse showing the diffic...
by Scott Lawson
September 3rd, 2018, 5:18 pm
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Is the article genitive article anaphoric at 2 Peter 1:11?
Replies: 2
Views: 125

Is the article genitive article anaphoric at 2 Peter 1:11?

I’m asking for a friend who posed this question to me: Does the article του that is construed with κυριου at 2Peter 1:11 act anaphorically pointing back to του κυριου in verse 8? 2 Peter 1:8-11 8 ταῦτα γὰρ ὑμῖν ὑπάρχοντα καὶ πλεονάζοντα οὐκ ἀργοὺς οὐδὲ ἀκάρπους καθίστησιν εἰς τὴν τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησ...
by Scott Lawson
July 16th, 2018, 8:52 pm
Forum: New Testament
Topic: "upon this rock" in Matthew 16:18
Replies: 21
Views: 2681

Re: "upon this rock" in Matthew 16:18

Thank you Barry for the kindly reprimand. It seems to me that the consideration that grammar and syntax plays in the identification of “this rock” has been pretty much exhausted and only the history and culture of that time will offer more insight. I hope you’ll allow me just a bit more leeway. I’d ...
by Scott Lawson
July 16th, 2018, 6:00 pm
Forum: New Testament
Topic: "upon this rock" in Matthew 16:18
Replies: 21
Views: 2681

Re: "upon this rock" in Matthew 16:18

Here’s some historical background from Michael Heiser’s book THE UNSEEN REALM Recovering the supernatural worldview of the Bible Michael S. Heiser pgg 283-284. Heiser offers an intriguing possibility for what the rock is. In short the rock is the geographical location, Mt. Hermon and the gates of he...
by Scott Lawson
June 30th, 2018, 1:50 pm
Forum: New Testament
Topic: The Meaning of the Phrase ἐπ᾽ ἐσχάτου τῶν ἡμερῶν τούτων at Heb 1:2
Replies: 6
Views: 972

Re: The Meaning of the Phrase ἐπ᾽ ἐσχάτου τῶν ἡμερῶν τούτων at Heb 1:2

Bernd, As I ponder your question I think “in these last days” and “at the end of these days” really mean the same thing. However, the idea present in the minds of the NT writers is of a period known as “the last days”. So translating the phrase in question as “at the end of these days” misses the ma...
by Scott Lawson
June 30th, 2018, 12:55 pm
Forum: New Testament
Topic: The Meaning of the Phrase ἐπ᾽ ἐσχάτου τῶν ἡμερῶν τούτων at Heb 1:2
Replies: 6
Views: 972

Re: The Meaning of the Phrase ἐπ᾽ ἐσχάτου τῶν ἡμερῶν τούτων at Heb 1:2

Bernd, it looks like your question hinges on whether or not τουτων is anaphoric or deictic.

Is there any way to determine this with grammar/syntax alone?