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by timothy_p_mcmahon
July 23rd, 2012, 8:11 pm
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: Ephesians 1:22…the feet as head over all things
Replies: 8
Views: 1061

Re: Ephesians 1:22…the feet as head over all things

αὐτὸν is singular. πόδας is plural. Your idea fails a simple test of grammatical concord.
by timothy_p_mcmahon
July 11th, 2012, 12:32 am
Forum: New Testament
Topic: Rev 13.18 antecedent question
Replies: 10
Views: 1347

Re: Rev 13.18 antecedent question

David Lim wrote:"αριθμος ανθρωπου" is without the article, so "ο αριθμος αυτου" must be the subject of "εστιν".
Why does the absence of the article render αριθμος in the phrase αριθμος ανθρωπου ineligible to be the subject of εστιν?
by timothy_p_mcmahon
July 9th, 2012, 7:12 pm
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: I need help with Philippians 2:6-8
Replies: 73
Views: 8499

Re: I need help with Philippians 2:6-8

I think the rendering of δοῦλος in English touches upon cross-cultural issues in translation. For Americans, at least, the word 'slave' conjures up the imagery of the racially-based chattel slavery that mars our history, an image that would not have inhered in the minds of NT authors and readers. Wh...
by timothy_p_mcmahon
July 4th, 2012, 8:53 pm
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: Possible parentheses (1 John 1:1)
Replies: 31
Views: 5194

Re: Possible parentheses (1 John 1:1)

John, Your approach doesn't make sense to me. It seems straightforward to me that John is recounting his previous experiences - visual, auditory and tactile - with Jesus (the word of life). When he gets to the phrase "word of life" that prompts him to go off on a tangent about that word of life (v.2...
by timothy_p_mcmahon
July 4th, 2012, 1:52 pm
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: Possible parentheses (1 John 1:1)
Replies: 31
Views: 5194

Re: Possible parentheses

Verse 2 is parenthetical. I don't know how περι του λογου της ζωης could be included in that parenthesis or form another parenthesis of its own.
by timothy_p_mcmahon
July 2nd, 2012, 11:10 pm
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: I need help with Philippians 2:6-8
Replies: 73
Views: 8499

Re: I need help with Philippians 2:6-8

The standard NT Greek dictionary is Bauer . It's quite expensive but indispensable if you want to pursue a serious study of the Greek NT. For Hebrew I'd recommend Koehler & Baumgartner . Equally pricey, unfortunately. My own intuitive take on your verse is that the anarthrous occurrences of θεός str...
by timothy_p_mcmahon
July 2nd, 2012, 12:38 pm
Forum: What does this text mean?
Topic: I need help with Philippians 2:6-8
Replies: 73
Views: 8499

Re: I need help with Philippians 2:6-8

Eduardo: First thing you need to do is burn Strong's. The original language material in the back of Strong's concordance is garbage. If you use the concordance itself, just rip out those pages and flush them. The use of the article in Greek is very complex and no little one-liner will ever do it jus...
by timothy_p_mcmahon
July 1st, 2012, 2:09 am
Forum: New Testament
Topic: Constructio ad Sensum in the prologue of John
Replies: 41
Views: 11342

Re: Constructio ad Sensum in the prologue of John

Professor Conrad:

Is it impossible to construe ἐρχόμενον as modifying ἄνθρωπον and understanding to the effect of "He/It was the true light, which enlightens every person as he [the enlightened person] enters the world"?
by timothy_p_mcmahon
June 27th, 2012, 7:02 pm
Forum: New Testament
Topic: Matthew 5:28
Replies: 6
Views: 2030

Re: Matthew 5:28

I don't think there's anything in the grammar that would answer your question on the interpretation of the verse. I don't know that there'd be much difference if it had used a prepositional phrase with the noun as opposed to the infinitive of purpose. I'm afraid you and your young'uns will have to w...
by timothy_p_mcmahon
May 27th, 2012, 12:30 am
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: σαμαρειτης - Noun / Adjective
Replies: 26
Views: 7646

Re: σαμαρειτης - Noun / Adjective

David, I'm wondering why this makes such a difference to you. It's obvious what the word means in the context. Whether it's a noun or an adjective doesn't affect the sense. Who cares how a dictionary parses it?

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