I John 3:2 and I John 2:28
Daniel L Christiansen
dlc at multnomah.edu
Fri Dec 17 01:47:06 EST 1999
Bill Ross wrote:
> Ean is intrinsically conditional, whereas when is not conditional, so it is
> not the best translation.
> Since it opposes the phrase OUPW EFANERWQH the idea of "when" seems to be
Perhaps this is quibbling, but it seems to me that just because a term falls
within the temporal category, it is not thereby disqualified from also being in the
conditional category. In the sentence "When I am hungry, I eat," the "when"
indicates the [temporal] conditions under which the action of eating takes place.
In the same way, EAN may indicate a more general condition that implied by the
English "if" or "since." Perhaps we ought to be looking further afield in context
for a translation of EAN ( such as the OUPW phrase mentioned by Bill).
FWTQIW (For What The Quibble Is Worth)
Daniel L. Christiansen . . . Happy as a clam, since all my grades are turned in
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