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by Barry Hofstetter
August 1st, 2021, 6:24 am
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: John 8:58
Replies: 79
Views: 1114

Re: John 8:58

But here's one well-known example: πρὸ τοῦ ὄρη γενηθῆναι καὶ πλασθῆναι τὴν γῆν καὶ τὴν οἰκουμένην καὶ ἀπὸ τοῦ αἰῶνος ἕως τοῦ αἰῶνος σὺ εἶ . Which is syntactically very similar to: εἶπεν αὐτοῖς Ἰησοῦς, Ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, πρὶν Ἀβραὰμ γενέσθαι ἐγὼ εἰμί . But I am also very curious about the Septuagi...
by Barry Hofstetter
July 31st, 2021, 7:26 am
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: John 8:58
Replies: 79
Views: 1114

Re: John 8:58

I see this migrated over from the Facebook discussion. I'm still stuck on πρὶν Ἀβραὰμ γενέσθαι. πρίν is really the key word here, before. It's hard to get around that. As for the use of the aorist infinitive, which is relative to the tense of the "controlling verb" (which is just another w...
by Barry Hofstetter
July 27th, 2021, 7:13 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Introduction - Amy S Anderson
Replies: 3
Views: 263

Re: Introduction - Amy S Anderson

asanders@usfamily.net wrote: July 25th, 2021, 4:17 pm Greetings!

Paine's mildly inductive approach led me to build a grammar of my own that is both more inductive and more friendly for beginning students.

Amy
Is your textbook published? If so, plenty of people here would like to have a look at it...
by Barry Hofstetter
July 26th, 2021, 2:57 pm
Forum: New Testament
Topic: In 2 Timothy 2:13, is it possible that ἑαυτοῦ could read "his own"?
Replies: 7
Views: 394

Re: In 2 Timothy 2:13, is it possible that ἑαυτοῦ could read "his own"?

I try to use the lexical form, generally. Not to be pedantic (but I am... :) ) but ἑαυτοῦ is the lexical form: ἑαυτοῦ -ῆς -οῦ ἑ, αὐτός reflex. pron. ⓐ himself, herself, itself, oneself Montanari, F. (2015). M. Goh & C. Schroeder (Eds.), The Brill Dictionary of Ancient Greek. Leiden; Boston: Bri...
by Barry Hofstetter
July 20th, 2021, 10:00 am
Forum: Textbooks
Topic: Errors in Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek
Replies: 19
Views: 3566

Re: Errors in Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek

First of all, you didn't directly address my arguments or even acknowledge them. I didn't do that for the simple reason your statements were irrelevant to my original post stating what I saw as Mounce's error. I thought my last clarification would be sufficient to make clear the intent of my post b...
by Barry Hofstetter
July 19th, 2021, 10:11 am
Forum: Textbooks
Topic: Errors in Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek
Replies: 19
Views: 3566

Re: Errors in Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek

The error I see in what Mounce has written is that he seems to reject even the grammatical possibility of translating θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος in John 1:1c as "and the word was a god." He seems start with the assumption that θεὸς in John 1:1c is definite and, since a definite θεὸς does not require...
by Barry Hofstetter
July 19th, 2021, 9:58 am
Forum: Greek Language and Linguistics
Topic: Blog on particles in Greek
Replies: 10
Views: 828

Re: Blog on particles in Greek

And you think that's sufficient for a subject of that complexity? It's not even the length of a decent monograph. This goalpost shifting is getting tedious. The fact of the matter is that yhe CGCG has an excellent treatment of particles, and I stand by it. Didn't see that as goal post shifting, but...
by Barry Hofstetter
July 18th, 2021, 9:11 pm
Forum: Greek Language and Linguistics
Topic: Blog on particles in Greek
Replies: 10
Views: 828

Re: Blog on particles in Greek

I beg to differ. Since his analysis and conclusions are theory-bound, it’s very tough to unravel observation from description. Begging is unbecoming... :) Examples? Au contraire, the CGCG has 40 pages on particles. And you think that's sufficient for a subject of that complexity? It's not even the ...
by Barry Hofstetter
July 18th, 2021, 6:18 pm
Forum: Greek Language and Linguistics
Topic: Blog on particles in Greek
Replies: 10
Views: 828

Re: Blog on particles in Greek

You guys make me feel old. Outdated his theory of language may be, but he has an encyclopedic knowledge of the language, and his general theory doesn't usually affect his analyses of individual particles and conclusion. I would be careful about dismissing him. The Cambridge grammar is good for what ...
by Barry Hofstetter
July 18th, 2021, 6:39 am
Forum: Textbooks
Topic: Errors in Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek
Replies: 19
Views: 3566

Re: Errors in Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek

The primary function of the article is not to make a word definite. For example, proper names are definite without the article. This is also why Jehovah Witnesses' [sic] understanding of John 1:1 is wrong. θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος means, "the Word was God," not "a god," even though the a...

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