[B-Greek] Translating Mark 1:8
jwest at highland.net
Wed Nov 2 11:38:28 EST 2005
Elizabeth Kline wrote:
> On Nov 2, 2005, at 8:16 AM, Dan Gleason wrote:
>>AUTOS DE BAPTISEI UMAS EN PNEUMATI AGIWi
>>but he will-immerse you in a-Holy Spirit.
>>Is this translation accurate?
> No. Since PNEUMATI AGIWi is definiate.
> Elizabeth Kline
In their grammar Blass and Debrunner (sec 257(2)) suggest that when the
article is absent it simply denotes "a divine spirit" so in fact here it
is not definite and does not mean The Holy Spirit but instead is equally
translatable as "he will baptize you by means of divine spirit" or some
Anarthrous phrases are dicey sometimes and definitive statements like
"pneumati agiw is definite" may, or may not, be true.
D. Jim West
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