Eph 4:9 TO ANEBH

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Tue Oct 2 17:34:20 EDT 2001


At 2:14 PM -0700 10/2/01, c stirling bartholomew wrote:
>TO DE ANEBH TI ESTIN (Eph 4:9)
>
>TO ANEBH was giving me pause, so I read E. Best (Eph ICC) and also
>BDF(267.1). And still being somewhat in a muddle I took a look at John
>Eadie, HAW Meyer, Obrien (Pillar) none of which helped much. So I went back
>and looked at E. Best who is the best (with some reservations about his
>introduction) and now this is what I have made out of all this "research"
>:-)))))
>
>In  TO ANEBH, TO makes the quotation (fragment) ANEBH perform as a
>substantive, and then the question TI ESTIN is asked relative to this
>substantive.
>
>Is this essentially correct?

Whether it's correct or not is another question, but it's the way I've
always understood it; in English we tend to use a demonstrative that way
(and the article was indeed originally a relatively weak demonstrative
pronoun): "Just what is that 'he ascended'?"
-- 

Carl W. Conrad
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