Rom 12:2 part 1 function of KAI

Jürg Buchegger j.buchegger at
Mon Jan 4 04:12:17 EST 1999

Here is Juerg Buchegger again,
I probably posted my six questions on the wrong day (Dez 22), because I only
got one (1) (helpful, thanks    ) answer to my first question. Was everybody
preparing for christmas or are there no comments, helpful hints or even
answers out there? Ok, I try again and this time I split my questions into
six postings, so everybody can pick the one he/she can give me some help.

Remember: I'm currently working (as a NT-exegete) on Rom 12:1-2 and need
some input from philologians concerning my observations. This is to say, I
especially interested in what you have to say on the formal, grammtical and
syntactical side of my questions (of course none of them is just a question
of grammar or syntax). So here is my first questions:

1. What can be said about the function of the KAI in Rom 12:2, connecting
V.1 and V.2. As far as I know, on the grammatical level there are the two
main options: a) either KAI is a normal conjunction or b) the beginning of a
new sentence (hebr. -waw). - A Conjunction is more likely. So what then is
the relationship between the two propositions in the two verses? The options
- neutral, gleichwertig nebeneinander, parallel, ergänzend
- explanatory, erklärend
- folgernd, concluding??
My main question with this is: Is there any hint on the gramm.-syntact.
level to decide the two parts of this question, or is it definitely a
decision which is made only on "inhaltlichen" (content?) grounds?

Thank you for any comment on this

Juerg Buchegger

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