[B-Greek] heis/mia/hen used as indefinite article?

Jonathan Walther krooger at debian.org
Sat Jul 23 22:19:19 EDT 2005


I read an interesting article that said heis/mia could mean "one" but
could also be translated as the indefinite article "a/an".  The article
said the same thing is done in Germain with "ein".

The article quoted Gesenius, saying that Hebrew echad was used as an
indefinite article sometimes, and that the same was done with
heis/mia/hen as a Hebrewism, since the authors of the NT were Hebrew.

The article quotes Conybeare and Stock, who show examples from the LXX
of heis/mia standing in for an indefinate pronoun.

Has anyone done a study on this?  Is this a controversial position?  Is
it widely accepted?

Jonathan

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