rough breathing

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at
Tue Jan 29 14:16:41 EST 2002

At 11:06 AM -0800 1/29/02, Byron & Linetta Knutson wrote:
>My "INTRODUCTORY NEW TESTAMENT GREEK METHOD" by Harper & Weidner makes this
>comment about "Breathings."
>4. An "initial" P (rho) is generally written with the rough breathing.  When
>P (rho) is doubled, in the middle of a word, the first P (rho) has the
>smooth breathing, and the second the rough.
>He gives as an example AR-RhHTOS  "unspeakable".
>(page 390, under Orthography.  Copyright 1888 Charles Scribner's Sons, &
>copyright 1916 Ella D. Harper)
>A.T. Robertson also has a note worth reading on this double rho breathing
>mark on page 225 (e) in his big grammar.

Yes, and one does find this in older (16th-18th c.) printed editions; but I
don't know of any current edition that uses that older convention.

Carl W. Conrad
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