John 10:28

Ben Crick ben.crick at
Sat Nov 6 12:20:48 EST 1999

On Fri  5 Nov 1999 (08:43:15), dbielby at wrote:
> What is the meaning of APOLWNTAI in this sentence? Do you have any
> etymological information or syntax comments on OU MH APOLWNTAI which
> may impact this verse? Any help here would be appreciated.

 Dear David,

 You will find that OU MH + Aorist Subjunctive is a strong prohibition
 or emphatic denial. Two negatives reinforce each other, not cancel each
 other out as in English. Compare French "Ne... pas", "Ne jamais", etc.;
 or Russian "Nichyevo nye..." etc.

 Revd Ben Crick, BA CF
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