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by Robert Emil Berge
February 14th, 2019, 4:27 pm
Forum: Pragmatics and Discourse
Topic: Infinitive Subjects of ἐγένετο
Replies: 34
Views: 13805

Re: Infinitive Subjects of ἐγένετο

In most of these sentences I would consider the infinitive part of the direct object of γίγνομαι, not the subject.
by Robert Emil Berge
January 22nd, 2019, 11:22 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions
Topic: In 2 Corinthians 3:6 what is the nuance of genitives vs datives?
Replies: 3
Views: 3185

Re: In 2 Corinthians 3:6 what is the nuance of genitives vs datives?

Yes, διάκονος is a bit strange that way. But something similar exists in English with "public servant".
by Robert Emil Berge
January 22nd, 2019, 10:10 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions
Topic: In 2 Corinthians 3:6 what is the nuance of genitives vs datives?
Replies: 3
Views: 3185

Re: In 2 Corinthians 3:6 what is the nuance of genitives vs datives?

I can't see how datives would make much sense here. The genitives are quite what one would expect. There wouldn't be a different nuance with dative, it would rather be difficult find a meaning at all.
by Robert Emil Berge
December 8th, 2018, 1:10 pm
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: Punctuation and Luke 2:22
Replies: 4
Views: 1314

Re: Punctuation and Luke 2:22

I see. There is nothing syntactically incorrect with the sentence after moving the comma, and not bad Greek, but what you are doing then is creating a new text, with a different meaning than the one Luke wrote. Since Greek writing didn't use punctuation, Luke would have expected his readers to under...
by Robert Emil Berge
December 6th, 2018, 6:53 pm
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: Punctuation and Luke 2:22
Replies: 4
Views: 1314

Re: Punctuation and Luke 2:22

Punctuation is inserted by editors in order to help readers, so they reflect the editor's interpretation, they are not part of the text, as you obviously realize. The hermeneutic consequence of this, however, if there is some uncertainty of interpretation, is that if there is a possible difference o...
by Robert Emil Berge
December 4th, 2018, 11:32 am
Forum: Church Fathers and Patristic Greek Texts
Topic: Clement of Alexandria Paedagogus
Replies: 3
Views: 1100

Re: Clement of Alexandria Paedagogus

And I don't know if this is the best online edition, but I found the text here:

http://ardownload.catholiclibrary.org/l ... nd=default#
by Robert Emil Berge
December 4th, 2018, 10:54 am
Forum: Church Fathers and Patristic Greek Texts
Topic: Clement of Alexandria Paedagogus
Replies: 3
Views: 1100

Re: Clement of Alexandria Paedagogus

I think it refers to M. Harl, H.-I. Marrou, C. Matray, and C. Mondésert's edition, which divides the text in 3 books. It has three chapters and sub-chapters which continue counting up across the chapters, so there's 101 sub-chapters in all. Here's the sub-chapter 39 of book 3: Σταλτέον δὲ καὶ τὴν φί...
by Robert Emil Berge
November 8th, 2018, 6:54 pm
Forum: New Testament
Topic: 1 Tim 1:7 - μὴ... μήτε
Replies: 9
Views: 2202

Re: 1 Tim 1:7 - μὴ... μήτε

Greek allows for double negatives where the last negative is a compound like οὐδέν or, like here, μήτε, something which standard English doesn't allow, and therefore it seems strange at first sight when it says "they don't know neither x nor y", but in Greek this is the most normal way to express th...
by Robert Emil Berge
November 4th, 2018, 12:44 pm
Forum: New Testament
Topic: The Words Συντελεία and Τέλος in Mt 24
Replies: 12
Views: 6825

Re: The Words Συντελεία and Τέλος in Mt 24

We can't know the motive for the choice of words. Both could probably have worked in both settings here, but there is a nuance of a difference. συντελεία is a completion of something, often of a common effort towards a goal, while τέλος simply means end or goal, but it can of course also be used whe...
by Robert Emil Berge
July 24th, 2018, 11:18 am
Forum: Church Fathers and Patristic Greek Texts
Topic: Translation of an Excerpt From a Greek Text
Replies: 8
Views: 1503

Re: Translation of an Excerpt From a Greek Text

Are you saying Stephen answers the question: Τίνα τῶν προφητῶν οὐκ ἀπέκτειναν οἱ πατέρες ὑμῶν; by saying τοὺς προκαταγγείλαντας περὶ τῆς παρουσίας τοῦ Χριστοῦ? I see this as a rhetorical question, it isn't meant to be answered. If he answered it that way, wouldn't it mean that they hadn't killed th...

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