[B-Greek] 1 Cor. 7:11 "EAN DE KAI CWRISQH"

Ann Nyland accuratebibles at ozemail.com.au
Fri Feb 7 18:40:43 EST 2003

David, EAN is EI + AN, and CWRISQH is aorist subjunctive passive.  The
subjunctive is a mood, and there are no tense differences with the present
and aorist subjunctives. (Same thing with imperatives and infinitives, as
they are moods also.) EAN (if ever...) with the subjunctive is an indefinite
construction. In present and future time, AN and the subjunctive are used in
the indefinite construction. (AN likes to combine with the conjunction, so
hOTAN - hOTE + AN, etc.)

Here is an example where the aorist subjunctive is used:
This shall not happen!

Here is another:
S/he is afraid this might happen.

Ann Nyland

----- Original Message -----
From: "Roe" <d.roe at t-online.de>
To: "Biblical Greek" <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Saturday, February 08, 2003 9:38 AM
Subject: [B-Greek] 1 Cor. 7:11 "EAN DE KAI CWRISQH"

> Greetings B-Greeks,
> According to my limited Greek knowledge, it seems that most translations
> disregard the aorist tense of EAN DE KAI CWRISQH in 1 Corinthians 7:11.
> That is, to me it seems Paul's message to the Corinthians addresses the
> case where the reader or hearer of his letter "has ALREADY separated"
> from her husband -- and not that he is presenting the possibility of
> seperation for those Corinthians who upon the receipt of Paul's letter
> had not yet separated.
> Thanks for showing me grammatical considerations I'm not yet aware of!
> David
> D.W. Roe
> Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

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