[B-Greek] Rm. 8:20: "EF' hELPIDI"
Carl W. Conrad
cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Fri Jun 23 13:58:19 EDT 2006
From: "A. J. Birch" <AJBIRCH at terra.es>
To: "B-Greek" <B-Greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Friday, June 23, 2006 5:27 PM
> Romans 8:20: "THi GAR MATAIOTHTI hH KTISIS hUPETAGH, OUC hEKOUSA
> ALLA DIA TON hUPOTAXANTA, EF' hELPIDI..."
> I don't whether this has come up before, but I was wondering
> whether "EF' hELPIDI" was an unusual form, which seems (to me) more
> likely than a printer's error.
> Andrew J. Birch
> Palma de Mallorca, Spain
It does make you sit up and take notice, doesn't it? This is what is
(un)commonly termed "Cockney Koine" or "orrible haspiration," or the
I'll cite the opening section of BDF ("Orthography"), specifically
the section on "Breathing", §14:
" ... non-Attic rough breathing ... in the case of hELPIS, hIDEIN,
hIDIOS, hOLIGOS, hEFIORKEIN, alone, where aspiration in the NT is
frequent and strongly attested, aspiration is supported by other MS
tradition, by inscriptions and papyri ... The basis of the phenomenon
in any case is to be sought in analogies (Schywyzer I 305): hAFIDEIN
following AFORAN, KAQ' hIDIAN following KAQ' hEAUTON, OUC hOLIGOS
following OUC hHTTWN ... " The reading EF' hELPIDI in Rom 8:20 is
noted in p46, p46 also has it at 1 Cor 9:10, but USB4/NA27 has EP'
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)
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