EMPHATIC SUPERLATIVE DEGREES
bemaseat2001 at yahoo.com.au
Sun Oct 28 01:11:48 EST 2001
Greetings fellow members
In Dr Spiros Zodhiates' Grammatical Notations section of, "The Complete Word
Study New Testament', states that, "There are four different degrees:
positive (e.g., good); comparitive (e.g., better); superlative (e.g., best);
and emphatic superlative (e.g., very best)".
Fellow greekers have written back questioning the emphatic superlative. Dr
Zodhiates goes on to say that Greek only has three degrees and that they
elevate a level e.g., positive (better), comparitive (best), superlative
(very best) & emphatic superlative (n/a).
He also goes on by saying that the English positive degree is not
comparitive with relation to something else. Furthermore, the English
superlative has three or more elements.
My questions are: Is the superlative degree to be deemed as insurmountable
and only to be used where three elements or more are being compared?
(MEIZWN - 1Cor13:13)
Are positive & comparitive degrees only applicable to adjectives and adverbs
whereby only two elements are being compared?
Is the term 'very best' not utilized in translation by association to the
possible confusion with the term 'Most High' and no longer becomes a
'comparitive degree' but the very obvious title? If so, do I read Acts 24:3
KRATISTE as a title noun, and therefore non-comparitive?
Yours in Christ's Service
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