[B-Greek] Col. 1:16 and hOTI
Carl W. Conrad
cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Fri Mar 17 05:57:09 EST 2006
On Mar 16, 2006, at 11:43 PM, Mondo Pascal wrote:
> Good news! This thread has nothing to do with hOTI in relation to
> verse 15,
> a subject that has been beaten to death on this forum.
Thanks for at least giving us the reference. PLEASE when you raise a
question such as this, DON'T send us groping for a GNT hard copy
text, but GIVE US THE TEXT;
Col 1:15 hOS ESTIN EIKWN TOU QEOU TOU AORATOU, PRWTOTOKOS PASHS
KTISEWS, hOTI EN AUTWi EKTISQH TA PANTA EN TOIS OURANOIS KAI EPI THS
GHS, TA hORATA KAI TA AORATA, EITE QRONOI EITE KURIOTHTES EITE ARCAI
EITE EXOUSIAI; TA PANTA DI' AUTOU KAI EIS AUTON EKTISTAI.
> My question is this: I have always understood hOTI to give as a
> basis that
> which is stated in 16a. (assuming A ends with EXOUSIAI). Is this
> or am I missing something?
Yes, I think that is a valid understanding. hOTI here is an indicator
that what follows is explanatory of what precedes, and I would
certainly extend this through ALL of verse 16, the final clause being
a summation of the preceding formulation. hOTI is originally the
neuter nom./acc. relative pronoun hO TI of hOS TIS conventionally
spelled as one word to distinguish the conjunctive usage from the
pronominal usage. Essentially it means "the fact that" or "the fact
being that ..." -- equivalent to "inasmuch as ... " or "since ... "
or 'because ..."
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Emeritus)
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