ὅτι in Luke 1.45

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Andrew Chapman
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ὅτι in Luke 1.45

Post by Andrew Chapman » November 1st, 2017, 4:27 am

καὶ μακαρία ἡ πιστεύσασα ὅτι ἔσται τελείωσις τοῖς λελαλημένοις αὐτῇ παρὰ κυρίου.

I read this as 'Blessed is she who believed that there will be a fulfilment of the things spoken to her by the Lord'

which seemed unfamiliar, and I found in my English bible (NKJV) that it has 'Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfilment' etc; whereas the NASB, for example, has it as I read it.

I was wondering if anybody had any thoughts on which is to be preferred.

Andrew

Barry Hofstetter
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Re: ὅτι in Luke 1.45

Post by Barry Hofstetter » November 3rd, 2017, 8:28 pm

It depends on how you take ὅτι, whether it is marking indirect statement/explanation or whether it is marking causality. Personally, I think it's difficult to read it as causal after πιστεύσασα, since following the verb with indirect statement/explanation would be such a normal and expected reading.
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Re: ὅτι in Luke 1.45

Post by Jason Hare » November 4th, 2017, 5:56 pm

I agree with Barry. I would naturally read it the way that it was first suggested - that the ὅτι phrase represents what she believed.
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