Romans 8:8-9, was Discourse Analysis (computer model)

CWestf5155 at CWestf5155 at
Fri Aug 4 14:31:32 EDT 2000

In a message dated 8/2/00 6:56:03 PM Mountain Daylight Time, eweiss at 

<< The DE in 8:8 
 doesn't seem to have as much prominence (if that's the word) as the DE in 
 8:9, and NA-27 seems to recognize this. >>


I'll let someone else answer your questions about NA-27.

I agree with you that 8:9 is more prominent than 8:8, but let me reframe the 
evidence a bit.

First, an element of contrast or an adversative is always more prominent than 
continuity (KAI).  I would suggest that the DE in 8:8 signals the same kind 
of prominence as 8:8, unless having two consecutively builds up the emphasis 
(possible).  But what makes 8:9 particularly prominent is the interpersonal 
switch from the 3rd person to the second person pl., and the use of 2nd 
person pl. pronouns. 

So it is the use of DE and three 2nd person pls. (2 pronouns and a verb) that 
create more of a 'zone of turbulence' than in 8:8.  But prominence is always 
relative--next you'd have to ask how 8:9 is functioning--and it looks like 
the editors of A-27 might have started a new paragraph because they 
recognized a chain of 2nd person plurals in 8:9-11 (EN hUMIN is repeated four 
times, and hUMWN once--that's quite a significant pattern).

Cindy Westfall
PhD Student, Roehampton

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