[B-Greek] En and Eis

frjsilver at optonline.net frjsilver at optonline.net
Wed Nov 1 21:00:52 EST 2006

Dear Friends --
There's no great semiotic difference between these two forms, although EIS is more (but not exclusively) likely to be used to mean 'into', while EN is more (but not exclusively) likely to be used to mean 'in'.  In proper contexts, the same is true of forms meaning 'one'.

But consider this -- purely a matter of diction --  the first line of the Nikaian Symbol:

Please remember that the aspirate, while usually written in formal texts, had generally fallen out of pronunciation several centuries before these words were written.  It was important for aural comprehension to use EIS here.

Peace and blessings to all.

Father James Silver

Monk James
Orthodox Church in America

----- Original Message -----
From: Anthony Buzzard 
Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 3:28 pm
Subject: [B-Greek] En and Eis
To: b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org

> I am new to the list, but the post quoting Clement and the use 
> of en 
> (one) rather than eis for God is intriguing.
> The point I want to confirm is that the translation of Mark 12:29
> "The Lord our God is one Lord" is the natural a correct 
> translation 
> of KURIOS EMON KURIOS EIS ESTIN. Standard authorities seem to 
> agree 
> (New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology, for 
> example) 
> that this is the proper way to render the Greek.
> Anyone like to comment on that translation "The Lord our God is 
> one Lord."
> It seems to me that this is better than "Lord our God, the Lord 
> is one."
> Anthony Buzzard
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