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by Stephen Carlson
June 3rd, 2018, 9:48 pm
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Understanding names in Koine Greek
Replies: 4
Views: 750

Re: Understanding names in Koine Greek

If you could ask an ancient Greek what the man's name was, he'd answer Petros, and they wouldn't have any clue at all what you'd mean by the most basic form Petr, unless he were really into grammar, perhaps. Yes, and in fact the "nominative" case gets its name because it's the case you use to state...
by Stephen Carlson
June 3rd, 2018, 2:50 am
Forum: Greek Language and Linguistics
Topic: Hayes - Analysis of Attributive Participle and Relative Clause
Replies: 22
Views: 1252

Re: Hayes - Analysis of Attributive Participle and Relative Clause

Thanks. I appreciate your comments. (I have a Ph.D. student who's working in this area and I want to be able to obviate common objections.) I view the the term "choice" as about options within the linguistic system. This prevents us from overreading the significance of forms when there is only one i...
by Stephen Carlson
June 2nd, 2018, 5:52 am
Forum: Greek Language and Linguistics
Topic: Hayes - Analysis of Attributive Participle and Relative Clause
Replies: 22
Views: 1252

Re: Hayes - Analysis of Attributive Participle and Relative Clause

I guess mantra is an acceptable term depending on what you mean by “choice” Definition of "mantra" from COBUILD/Collins: You can use mantra to refer to a statement or a principle that people repeat very often because they think it is true, especially when you think that it not true or is only part ...
by Stephen Carlson
June 2nd, 2018, 4:55 am
Forum: Greek Language and Linguistics
Topic: Hayes - Analysis of Attributive Participle and Relative Clause
Replies: 22
Views: 1252

Re: Hayes - Analysis of Attributive Participle and Relative Clause

Jonathan Robie wrote:
June 1st, 2018, 9:08 am
the whole "choice implies meaning" mantra
"mantra"?!
by Stephen Carlson
May 31st, 2018, 11:34 pm
Forum: Greek Language and Linguistics
Topic: Hayes - Analysis of Attributive Participle and Relative Clause
Replies: 22
Views: 1252

Re: Hayes - Analysis of Attributive Participle and Relative Clause

Oh, I meant title and publisher so I can get it myself, rather than the quotations (thanks, btw).
by Stephen Carlson
May 24th, 2018, 4:20 pm
Forum: Church Fathers and Patristic Greek Texts
Topic: Finding an English Translation of Fragmenta in Evangelium Joannis (in Catenis)
Replies: 1
Views: 158

Re: Finding an English Translation of Fragmenta in Evangelium Joannis (in Catenis)

The fragments of Origen’s John commentary have not been translated into English (except for a paragraph I did in my article “Origen’s Use of Thomas”). There is a German translation however: Rolf Gögler, Origenes: Das Evangelium nach Johannes (MKZU 4; Zurich: Benziger, 1959).
by Stephen Carlson
May 23rd, 2018, 6:03 am
Forum: Church Fathers and Patristic Greek Texts
Topic: Papias: Ματθαῖος μὲν οὖν Ἑβραΐδι διαλέκτῳ τὰ λόγια συνετάξατο
Replies: 9
Views: 504

Re: Papias: Ματθαῖος μὲν οὖν Ἑβραΐδι διαλέκτῳ τὰ λόγια συνετάξατο

The harder issue is to determine just what composition he was thinking of. Anything useful to read on that question? Or can you walk us through the possibilities? Various possibilities include: 1. A Hebrew-language gospel, of uncertain relationship to our Greek Matthew. Papias could simply be mista...
by Stephen Carlson
May 22nd, 2018, 6:30 pm
Forum: Church Fathers and Patristic Greek Texts
Topic: Papias: Ματθαῖος μὲν οὖν Ἑβραΐδι διαλέκτῳ τὰ λόγια συνετάξατο
Replies: 9
Views: 504

Re: Papias: Ματθαῖος μὲν οὖν Ἑβραΐδι διαλέκτῳ τὰ λόγια συνετάξατο

My old translation went with "Hebrew manner of speech" to preserve the vagueness of the original, but my sense now of the weight of the evidence (διάλεκτος with a geographical designation, plus interest elsewhere in Papias about translation or at least interpretation) is that it is on the side of th...
by Stephen Carlson
May 22nd, 2018, 2:07 am
Forum: Grammar Questions
Topic: Articles that don't match adjacent word
Replies: 1
Views: 306

Re: Articles that don't match ajacent word

These examples exhibit the substantivizing power of the article, where it can turn almost any modifying expression into a substantive. In particular, an article followed by a genitive can mean "the thing/which belongs to [or 'of']". This kind of article can also work with adjectives, prepositional p...