αι γυναικες… οι ανδρες… τα τεκνα… οι πατερες… οι δουλοι… και οι κυριοι
Alan Patterson wrote:I gave the rationale in summary in my first post. Here are the groups being addressed:αι γυναικες… οι ανδρες… τα τεκνα… οι πατερες… οι δουλοι… και οι κυριοι
Is someone suggesting that the group headings are the points of emphases? By that I mean it is being argued that each of the categories is the emphasis, and not the contents and their main predicate? I can't find that credible. Is this what I am being asked to respond to? I really am not sure I would even know how to address that.
By the way, I just happened upon this post that has requested my reply. How do I know, in the future, if someone is seeking a reply from me?
Stephen Carlson wrote:In a pragmatic / discourse / information structure analysis, it is best to avoid the term "emphasis," altogether in favor of more precise terms such as "topic," "focus," etc. In this case, I would say that Eph 5:25 οἱ ἄνδρες, ἀγαπᾶτε τὰς γυναῖκας (as punctuated by NA27) exhibits a contrastive topic (οἱ ἄνδρες) followed by a broad focus (ἀγαπᾶτε τὰς γυναῖκας).
Eeli Kaikkonen wrote: In this case the most natural explanation is contrastive topic, as Stephen says, and because moving from one topic to another by putting the topic first in the sentence is natural and normal, it doesn't get any special "emphasis".
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