εἰ μήτι with the subjunctive (Lk 9:13)

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monte.mackey
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εἰ μήτι with the subjunctive (Lk 9:13)

Post by monte.mackey » December 7th, 2017, 5:34 pm

Could this be legitimately translated as a question? εἰ μήτι πορευθέντες ἡμεῖς ἀγοράσωμεν εἰς πάντα τὸν λαὸν τοῦτον βρώματα. Trans: Unless we go, can we buy food for all these people? Luke 9:13 Thanks, MM

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Re: εἰ μήτι with the subjunctive (Lk 9:13)

Post by Dustin Trampe » December 13th, 2017, 4:18 pm

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I don't think so. Here is my reasoning:
the εἰ makes this clause dependent on the previous clause. If I understand your question though, you are wondering if εἰ μήτι πορευθέντες can stand as a dependent clause to ἀγοράσωμεν.... This would be a very irregular construction, since εἰ doesnt to my knowledge take a participle alone (i.e. an εἰ clause describing an action should have a verb). Plus, it is more natural to read μήτι first as μή τι, the τι in this case being abverbial (not something, but somehow). So the sense is, "Unless somehow we go...", thus emphasizing the difficulty of such a possibility.

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