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by klriley
September 17th, 2015, 11:54 pm
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: Romans 16.7 - "Natural Gender" and "Arbitrary Gender"?
Replies: 22
Views: 1642

Re: Romans 16.7 - "Natural Gender" and "Arbitrary Gender"?

Greek does use the masculine plural to refer to mixed groups. Churches/assemblies are all female, so this rule doesn't apply. The masculine gender is the default gender. The feminine gender is used because the word is feminine, or because all members of the group specified are feminine. The feminine...
by klriley
September 1st, 2015, 7:45 am
Forum: Beginners Forum
Topic: τὸ ἄλφα καὶ τὸ ὦ
Replies: 2
Views: 437

Re: τὸ ἄλφα καὶ τὸ ὦ

The names for omicron and omega where originally simply their sounds: ο and ω. When the distinction was lost between short and long vowels, the first was referred to as o micron, and the second as o mega. So the name of ω is spelt out, just as alpha is.
by klriley
August 28th, 2014, 8:37 pm
Forum: Teaching and Learning Greek
Topic: Competency of Teachers and Methodology
Replies: 19
Views: 2760

Re: John, Luke or Paul

I do not think it does any harm at all for beginners to know that neither translating Greek, nor exegeting Greek, is the same thing as reading Greek with understanding.
by klriley
February 26th, 2013, 1:59 am
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Tense-Aspect (esp. Future) in Non-Indicative Moods
Replies: 14
Views: 8001

Re: Tense-Aspect (esp. Future) in Non-Indicative Moods

If you want an historical answer, Sihler has a good section of the development of the Indo-European verbal system in his "New Comparative Grammar of Greek and Latin" beginning p 442, and he deals with the future on pp 256-7. The Greek perfect started out as merely 'stative', and changed from there t...
by klriley
February 19th, 2013, 7:23 pm
Forum: Teaching and Learning Greek
Topic: Who does their main bible reading in Greek?
Replies: 28
Views: 10114

Re: Who does their main bible reading in Greek?

I would never want to discourage anyone from reading the NT - or anything else - in Greek, but I find the claim that the average student can learn to do so in a few months somewhat unbelievable. Not that it can't be done. I had a teacher who some years earlier had landed in Peru and could speak/read...
by klriley
January 31st, 2013, 1:38 am
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: Pronunciation of Consecutive Identical Vowel Sounds
Replies: 8
Views: 3857

Re: Pronunciation of Consecutive Identical Vowel Sounds

In classical Greek there would have been a /j/ between the two vowels. It is a very common solution in many languages. While never written, there is enough evidence to believe /w/ and /y/ survived at least until Koiné times - and /w/ has survived as /v/ or /f/ into modern Greek. So I would suspect '...
by klriley
October 27th, 2012, 2:43 am
Forum: Resources
Topic: Are there any Greek online TV programs?
Replies: 16
Views: 2018

Re: Are there any Greek online TV programs?

I would have listened Bill Mounce's audio lectures but had to stop after the first minutes because I couldn't stand his pronounciation... Just to make sure: of course I have nothing against Mounce or the work he's doing – on the contrary. English speakers are free to pronounce as they want to, but ...
by klriley
September 17th, 2012, 7:00 pm
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: ANGELO of Rev 2:1
Replies: 29
Views: 3171

Re: ANGELO of Rev 2:1

The suggestion of the possibility that the dative be understood as instrumental is based on the fact that John is an instrument in the hand of the Lord for the purpose of writing to the 7 Churches. Context is that God is speaking to John and calls him TWi AGGELWi / then speaks the Church John is ap...
by klriley
September 17th, 2012, 1:39 am
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: ANGELO of Rev 2:1
Replies: 29
Views: 3171

Re: ANGELO of Rev 2:1

Hey Timothy, I'd be delighted to hear your analysis of the topic. PM or post if you'd like. I'm sure it would be a blessing. In your above post you refer to " the clear sense of the grammer". On that topic, one thing that stands out in this discussion is the constant reminder that AGGELWi is in the...
by klriley
August 20th, 2012, 2:03 am
Forum: Teaching Methods
Topic: High intensity over short time or lower over longer time?
Replies: 2
Views: 1291

Re: High intensity over short time or lower over longer time

It probably depends on the students, but if Greek is not seen as essential (and unfortunately few seminaries or universities make a good argument for that) then less over more time would probably work best. From a student's POV, where I have found intensive courses very useful is when they will be f...