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by Barry Hofstetter
May 25th, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: In John 1:14, why is the deponent verb ἐγένετο translated as if passive?
Replies: 2
Views: 77

Re: In John 1:14, why is the deponent verb ἐγένετο translated as if passive?

Bill, simply looking up γίνομαι in the lexicon would probably answer your question. Most modern translations render it "became." And I wouldn't ever render λόγος as "utterence" in the context of John 1. Our English word "word" much better captures it.
by Barry Hofstetter
May 24th, 2020, 9:37 am
Forum: Teaching and Learning Greek
Topic: Modern Greek First?
Replies: 4
Views: 117

Re: Modern Greek First?

The real question is whether to start with Attic Greek, before Koine. Well, it worked rather well for me, but fresh out of high school in 1977 I didn't have clue as to the difference (it was all Greek to me!), and my school only offered intro to Attic. They offered at least one class in NT Greek pe...
by Barry Hofstetter
May 24th, 2020, 9:29 am
Forum: Beginners Forum
Topic: αὐτοὺς in Mt 28:19-20.
Replies: 4
Views: 158

Re: αὐτοὺς in Mt 28:19-20.

It's a simple constructio ad sensum, since, as Stirling points out, nations consist of ἄνθρωποι, "people." This kind of ad sensum is fairly common in Greek.
by Barry Hofstetter
May 24th, 2020, 7:55 am
Forum: Teaching and Learning Greek
Topic: Modern Greek First?
Replies: 4
Views: 117

Modern Greek First?

To the perennial question of whether or not learning modern Greek first is better, this native Greek speaker and teacher perfectly summarizes my own arguments on the subject: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4lxdAx97oo Personally, starting with Attic Greek, I found reading the New Testament no parti...
by Barry Hofstetter
May 20th, 2020, 12:26 pm
Forum: New Testament
Topic: Subject and Predicate in 1 Cor 11:3 παντὸς ἀνδρὸς ἡ κεφαλὴ [ὁ] Χριστός ἐστιν
Replies: 33
Views: 784

Re: Subject and Predicate in 1 Cor 11:3 παντὸς ἀνδρὸς ἡ κεφαλὴ [ὁ] Χριστός ἐστιν

Well, the topic structure of the discourse for one. (See Wallace's implied questions.) There is also an interesting textual variant over whether Χριστός has the article, and it would be nice to know which one made more sense for Paul. This is guild-speak. The average NT student with seminary level ...
by Barry Hofstetter
May 20th, 2020, 8:23 am
Forum: New Testament
Topic: Subject and Predicate in 1 Cor 11:3 παντὸς ἀνδρὸς ἡ κεφαλὴ [ὁ] Χριστός ἐστιν
Replies: 33
Views: 784

Re: Subject and Predicate in 1 Cor 11:3 παντὸς ἀνδρὸς ἡ κεφαλὴ [ὁ] Χριστός ἐστιν

At the propositional level, sure, but propositional meaning is not the only thing that a text conveys. Good point. What else do you see the text conveying here depending on which one is the predicate? Well, the topic structure of the discourse for one. (See Wallace's implied questions.) There is al...
by Barry Hofstetter
May 19th, 2020, 10:33 pm
Forum: New Testament
Topic: Subject and Predicate in 1 Cor 11:3 παντὸς ἀνδρὸς ἡ κεφαλὴ [ὁ] Χριστός ἐστιν
Replies: 33
Views: 784

Re: Subject and Predicate in 1 Cor 11:3 παντὸς ἀνδρὸς ἡ κεφαλὴ [ὁ] Χριστός ἐστιν

I've always read it the prior way, but like you now lean toward the latter. However, with interchangeable statements it doesn't make a huge degree of difference, does it? At the propositional level, sure, but propositional meaning is not the only thing that a text conveys. Good point. What else do ...
by Barry Hofstetter
May 19th, 2020, 8:30 am
Forum: New Testament
Topic: Subject and Predicate in 1 Cor 11:3 παντὸς ἀνδρὸς ἡ κεφαλὴ [ὁ] Χριστός ἐστιν
Replies: 33
Views: 784

Re: Subject and Predicate in 1 Cor 11:3 παντὸς ἀνδρὸς ἡ κεφαλὴ [ὁ] Χριστός ἐστιν

I've always read it the prior way, but like you now lean toward the latter. However, with interchangeable statements it doesn't make a huge degree of difference, does it?
by Barry Hofstetter
May 18th, 2020, 1:20 pm
Forum: Greek Texts
Topic: Translation of Phil. 3.16
Replies: 14
Views: 383

Re: Translation of Phil. 3.16

Finally, obviously appealing to "all the other translations" is an argument ad populum . Given a nearly 2,000 year history of translations, it has never struck me that an argument ad populum is actually that weak of an argument when it comes to construing the New Testament :D. Quite. It's simply th...
by Barry Hofstetter
May 17th, 2020, 6:29 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: In Acts 5:3, what is the function of σε?
Replies: 33
Views: 799

Re: In Acts 5:3, what is the function of σε?

Thank you for posting that Perry . Should I understand from that that since the subject in the previous Claus is Satan, the subject and the claws under consideration now is non-optional and explains why it is explicit? Or, Jeffrey. :lol: I think he meant Barry (dyslexia of the fingers ?) Hey, lysde...

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