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by Ruth Mathys
June 16th, 2018, 3:15 am
Forum: New Testament
Topic: ἐξίστημι in Acts 8:11
Replies: 19
Views: 4087

Re: ἐξίστημι in Acts 8:11

Thanks, everyone! This thread has been like a mystery novel with new twists in every post. On balance, it seems like ἐξεστακέναι here is indeed transitive. The backstory is: I was in a reading group and we were looking at examples of the accusative + infinitive construction, of which there are a few...
by Ruth Mathys
June 8th, 2018, 3:07 am
Forum: New Testament
Topic: ἐξίστημι in Acts 8:11
Replies: 19
Views: 4087

ἐξίστημι in Acts 8:11

προσεῖχον δὲ αὐτῷ διὰ τὸ ἱκανῷ χρόνῳ ταῖς μαγείαις ἐξεστακέναι αὐτούς. I believe this is the only example of this verb in the perfect in the NT. Is it transitive or intransitive (is Simon the subject, or is αὐτούς)? BDAG lists this example as trans., but then says that the perf. is intrans.! And LSJ...
by Ruth Mathys
May 28th, 2018, 3:01 am
Forum: Other
Topic: Pronunciation of initial I in Semitic names
Replies: 1
Views: 988

Pronunciation of initial I in Semitic names

What is the value of ι at the beginning of Semitic names like Ἰησοῦς, Ἰερουσαλήμ, Ἰουδαία, etc.? I always took it to be a semivowel [j], but...?

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by Ruth Mathys
March 12th, 2018, 7:11 am
Forum: Koine Greek Texts
Topic: Recommend papyri for teaching?
Replies: 7
Views: 2380

Re: Recommend papyri for teaching?

Jason has the gist of it. If I get the chance - and it's not my course, I have to sell the idea - I want to push the students outside their comfort zone a bit.

I was hoping that someone had done my work for me by creating a package like Hayes and Nimis's Lucian materials. Oh well.
by Ruth Mathys
March 7th, 2018, 2:13 am
Forum: Koine Greek Texts
Topic: Recommend papyri for teaching?
Replies: 7
Views: 2380

Recommend papyri for teaching?

I may have the opportunity to teach a session at a NT Greek refresher course ("I kinda learnt Greek at seminary 25 years ago and haven't really used it since") and I'd like to give the students some papyri to read, to give them a taste of "real-world" Koine. Could anyone suggest some materials that ...
by Ruth Mathys
December 12th, 2017, 4:12 am
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: syntax of disjunctive phrase (Matt. 5:36)
Replies: 39
Views: 9034

Re: syntax of disjunctive phrase (Matt. 5:36)

Coming late to the conversation, but this topic intrigues me. More than once I've read about the Iconicity Principle, specifically the Proximity principle: conceptual distance tends to match with linguistic distance ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iconicity ) or The principle of “iconicity of contig...
by Ruth Mathys
August 5th, 2017, 6:47 pm
Forum: Word Meanings
Topic: ἰάομαι Why middle?
Replies: 8
Views: 3231

Re: ἰάομαι Why middle?

the regular usage of the middle voice indicates acceptance of healing as the deliberate exercise of the healer's power. One might perhaps compare πολιτεύειν, "be a citizen" and πολιτεύεσθαι "exercise one's citizenship." That's the exact opposite of Mike's suggestion of spontaneous process. Looks li...
by Ruth Mathys
August 4th, 2017, 6:51 pm
Forum: Word Meanings
Topic: ἰάομαι Why middle?
Replies: 8
Views: 3231

Re: ἰάομαι Why middle?

I thought of ῥύομαι too, but it's a lot easier to read a middle meaning into that (especially once I looked the word up in LSJ). So am I allowed to envisage some mystical process whereby there is a (non-agentive?) transference of power from the healer to the patient? It ties in with what I know of G...
by Ruth Mathys
August 4th, 2017, 10:09 am
Forum: Word Meanings
Topic: ἰάομαι Why middle?
Replies: 8
Views: 3231

ἰάομαι Why middle?

It just doesn't seem to fit the semantic profile of a typical MP verb. ἅπτομαι is the only word I can think of that comes close.

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by Ruth Mathys
April 19th, 2014, 2:42 am
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Splitting Compound Verbs?
Replies: 107
Views: 13289

Re: Splitting Compound Verbs?

This is the kind of argument that I like to test against my own native tongue, being the one that I have the best intuitions about. It's cognate with Greek and makes verb + adverb/preposition/thingy compounds in a very similar way to Greek (do any other language families in the world form compounds ...

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