[B-Greek] Gospel John 2:19 (possible duplicate)
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Fri Feb 14 00:13:02 EST 2003
LUSATE TON NAON TOUTON KAI EN TRISIN hHMERAIS EGERW
This verse (in Subject field above) has been used to
demonstrate the hypothetical or assumptive or
conditional use of Commands in Greek. The translation
being of this nature: "if you completely [aorist]
destroy this, my temple [appositional], I will
personally [active voice] raise it in three days."
And of course they did and he did. But on what grounds
can we assign this a conditional apart from the
fact that it makes reasonable sense in English?
Although it might sound a trifle arrogant, what is
wrong with taking this as a command (completely
destroy this!)? Almost a challenge, if you will.
Is there a tendency for modern Grammars to make sense
of a passage first in English and then retro-fit the
English category back upon the ancient Greek?
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