[B-Greek] (OSOS, H, ON
javajedi2 at yahoo.com
Fri Nov 14 01:27:34 EST 2008
I've had a couple of students ask me about the translation of (OSOS. I can see from both Louw-Nida and BDAG that this word can be used to mean "as much as, as long as" and such like . It also seems to be a simple replacement for PAS and for (OS. That's quite a wide range. In light of this flexibility, I wonder if there's any guidance I can give my studens about the constraints on the translation, other than saying "don't use something not in BDAG or LSJ." Also, when BDAG says it pertains at times to a "degree of comparative extent," I find this a bit puzzling. "Comparative" assumes that something in the context is compared to or contrasted with (implicitly or explicitly) (OSA, for example.Yet, in many of the verses listed, there is nothing that is being compared. Hebrews 8:6 is an exception in this regard. In other comparative senses, a verse like Luke 4:40 with (OSOI has nothing to do with comparison. It simply equals PAS, which is not really
a comparative, though it does speak of a quantity. Any thoughts on this? Thanks.
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