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by Evan Blackmore
November 22nd, 2012, 8:14 am
Forum: New Testament
Topic: To or about?
Replies: 38
Views: 2955

Re: To or about?

Yes, I agree that caution is wise, but we do seem to be uncovering more and more apparent examples of the disputed phenomenon. The passage cited by BDAG from Justin is particularly striking. The standard commentaries (Sanday & Headlam, ICC, pp. 310-11; Cranfield, ICC, vol. 2 pp. 545-46; Billerbeck v...
by Evan Blackmore
November 22nd, 2012, 5:56 am
Forum: New Testament
Topic: To or about?
Replies: 38
Views: 2955

Re: To or about?

It cannot mean "in the scroll of Elijah" like "in the scroll of Hoseah" partly because there is no article, partly because there is no book entitled Elijah. If it were to be "in the passage of Elijah" I would have expected a definite article at least. Thanks not just for this, but for all your thou...
by Evan Blackmore
November 22nd, 2012, 4:32 am
Forum: New Testament
Topic: To or about?
Replies: 38
Views: 2955

Re: To or about?

I'd be inclined to construe εν Ηλια with λεγει rather than οιδατε, because only a few verses earlier Paul has written εν τω Ωσηε λεγει (9:25), where there's no ambiguity about the syntax. Paul is like nearly all of us: when he's used a particular construction once, it lodges in his mind, and it beco...
by Evan Blackmore
November 18th, 2012, 7:47 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: Best Greek NT Commentaries
Replies: 13
Views: 5610

Re: Best Greek NT Commentaries

Afterthoughts: Another 19th-century series, which can occasionally be helpful on points of Greek not considered by more recent commentators, is Olshausen's (perhaps especially the volumes by Ebrard). There are also some useful non-series Greek text commentaries, e.g. Philippi on Romans and (especial...
by Evan Blackmore
November 18th, 2012, 6:37 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: Best Greek NT Commentaries
Replies: 13
Views: 5610

Re: Best Greek NT Commentaries

In my darker moments I sometimes suspect that a lot of today's so-called "Greek text" commentaries are actually constructed mentally on English translations--the Greek being simply substituted before publication. In the bad old days, by contrast, most commentaries were written by scholars who had pe...
by Evan Blackmore
November 13th, 2012, 9:17 pm
Forum: New Testament
Topic: The meaning of ὁρίζω in Romans 1:4
Replies: 11
Views: 3364

Re: The meaning of ὁρίζω in Romans 1:4

This is a fascinating discussion--I suspect many readers might be sorry to see it disappear from public view (even if we don't feel competent to add anything to it ourselves). I grant that the discussion could readily segue into theology, but the basic puzzle here is not so much theological as conte...
by Evan Blackmore
November 3rd, 2012, 3:04 pm
Forum: Lexicons
Topic: Pleonastic
Replies: 4
Views: 2062

Re: Pleonastic

Does a pleonasm give more precision or is it just redundant? Does συν alone sufficiently convey the thought of what belongs together in time and place? I think the usual answer would be: there's a large amount of redundancy in most language use, but the redundancy is rarely absolute. When we use a ...
by Evan Blackmore
October 31st, 2012, 6:54 pm
Forum: Septuagint and Pseudepigrapha
Topic: Reversed genitives
Replies: 7
Views: 2630

Re: Reversed genitives

Through the kindness of another forum member, I believe this puzzle has now been unraveled. The standard discussion of the inverted genitive is Alfons Schulz, “Der status constructus in der Geschichte der Exegese,” Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 54 (1936): 270–77. Curiously, nobo...
by Evan Blackmore
October 30th, 2012, 6:42 pm
Forum: Septuagint and Pseudepigrapha
Topic: Reversed genitives
Replies: 7
Views: 2630

Re: Reversed genitives

Thanks for your help, Scott. Evan, I'm happy to help by asking dumb questions! I don't mind being wrong so that I can get it right! Thank you for your graciousness, Scotty Not dumb at all, Scotty. Your question has helped to clarify exactly what I'm asking. Seems to me that solving a grammatical pu...
by Evan Blackmore
October 30th, 2012, 5:19 pm
Forum: Septuagint and Pseudepigrapha
Topic: Reversed genitives
Replies: 7
Views: 2630

Re: Reversed genitives

Thanks, Ken. Your mind and mine have been running along similar lines. It has usually been argued that the Syriac of the Psalms of Solomon is a translation from the Greek, which is translated from Hebrew. In this view, the Syriac often tries to improve the phrases that are difficult in the Greek. So...