Eph 4:9 TO ANEBH

c stirling bartholomew cc.constantine at worldnet.att.net
Wed Oct 3 02:00:55 EDT 2001

Hi Dale,

How are things in Portland?

on 10/2/01 9:26 PM, Dale M. Wheeler wrote:

> Clay:
> You seem hesitant to accept Carl's explanation;

 Not True,  I was very happy with Carl's explanation. So happy with it that
there didn't seem to be much point in further elaboration. Carl is very
often right about these things. I have the utmost confidence in his judgment
on questions of Greek grammar.

> the same substantiving of a
> phrase occurs at Mark 9:23; Gal 5:14.

Yes, I have read these.

>The Eph passage essentially means,
> "Now this statement, "He ascended...", what does it mean, except this..."

Thanks for the translation. Sometimes translating does clarify things but
generally I avoid doing it.

> I think it may be time for you to "bite the bullet" and get a copy of
> Wallace...(-:

I have had a copy of Wallace available for several years now. I got the
county lib to purchase three of them. I leave it sitting on the shelf at my
local branch which I visit every day and bring it home perhaps three times a
year look at it for five minutes and then take it back. Grammars are a
matter of taste just like beer. Not every one likes Anchor Porter, some
people prefer Anchor Steam.
> If I might make an observation about commentaries...they are notoriously
> bad when it comes to really handling grammar;

Yes, this is generally true. The older they are the better they are
generally speaking. HAW Meyer's Handbook is pretty good.

>some of its because of
> editorial decisions to keep things brief, but in many cases its because the
> commentators' Greek grammar is not all that good to begin with.

E. Best seems to know Greek reasonably well.

Thanks for your comments.

warm greetings,


Clayton Stirling Bartholomew
Three Tree Point
P.O. Box 255 Seahurst WA 98062

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