hOTI in Rom 5.8
Carl W. Conrad
cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Sun Oct 14 23:48:16 EDT 2001
At 4:25 PM -0500 10/14/01, Steven Lo Vullo wrote:
>In Rom 5.8 the Gramcord text of Accordance tags hOTI as a subordinating
>causal conjunction. But it seems more appropriate to take it as a nominal
>conjunction introducing a clause in apposition to AGAPHN. Which do you think
>is correct? Or are there other possibilities?
Text: SUNISTHSIN DE THN hEAUTOU AGAPHN EIS hHMAS hO QEOS, hOTI ETI
hAMARTWLWN ONTWN hHMWN CRISTOS hUPER hHMWN APEQANEN.
I've read Harold's response to this and I agree with his affirmation of the
tagging of hOTI as causal; it seems to me very much like a Latin QUOD
introducing an explanatory clause with the sense, "the fact being that ..."
= "inasmuch as ...". If the clause introduced by hOTI were to be understood
as appositional to AGAPHN as you suggest, Steven, I think it would be
introduced by hHi, i.e. "love whereby/with which ... ." Otherwise, I think
the hOTI clause, if nominal, might have to be linked to the preceding by
something like a TOUTWi which the hOTI would refer back to. I just don't
quite see how the hOTI clause can be appositional to an accusative noun, at
least in this instance.
Carl W. Conrad
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