1JN 1:4

Randall Buth ButhFam at compuserve.com
Mon Mar 18 05:28:14 EST 2002


shalom

Richard Smith EGRAYEN:
>KAI TAUTA GRAFOMEN hHMEIS, hINA hH XARA hHMWN Hi 
>PEPLHRWMENH.
>
>In A Graded Reader of Biblical Greek, the exegetical footnote describes Hi
>PEPLHRWMENH as a periphrastic construction.
>
>In the text book Basics of Bible Greek, as well as Greek Grammar Beyond
>the Basics, the periphrastic construction is described as being formed
>with an indicative (non-aorist) form of EIMI.
>
>Can the above verse be considered a periphrastic construction?  If so, how
>can the continuous historical sense of the pluperfect be translated?

First, relax and don't be overly concerned about the English labels that
you put
on a construction. You've got the above down fine. 

It is a subjunctive of "be" and a perfect passive participle. Let both have
their 
normal values. 
"that it may be" (a kind of potential, continuing state)
"fulfilled" (a kind of resultant state)

And Yes, one may call that "periphrastic" because it is a 
composite construction.

ERRWSO
Randall Buth
www.biblicalulpan.org




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