Steven Lo Vullo
slovullo at mac.com
Tue Oct 15 23:34:57 EDT 2002
On Tuesday, October 15, 2002, at 08:31 AM, WmHBoyd at aol.com wrote:
> My son (a High School Senior)was questioning his Greek instructor
> concerning the the legimitacy of John Dobson's suggestion that TA ERGA
> XRISTOU means "the wonderful things Christ was doing." (Learn New
> Testament Greek - 2nd edition page 46.) He did not understand the
> insertion of the idea of "wonderful." His instructor told him this was
> an example of "indexing." What is "indexing?" Is this a legitimate
> example of indexing? Are their rules or norms or generally accepted
> limits to indexing?
Unless there was some kind of misunderstanding between your son and his
instructor, this sounds like the kind of pseudo-scholarly, jargonistic
mumbo jumbo that is designed to razzle-dazzle the "uninitiated" and
silence dissenters when no truly compelling answer is forthcoming.
Index the above translation under "Wishful Thinking." In my opinion,
this is a good opportunity to instill in your son the importance of
persistent questioning and hard-headed--though respectful--dissent.
Steven R. Lo Vullo
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