[B-Greek] Jude 2

Carl Conrad cwconrad2 at mac.com
Fri Nov 28 08:06:58 EST 2008

On Nov 28, 2008, at 7:52 AM, rhutchin at aol.com wrote:

> In Jude 2, we read,
> Could this have been written hUMIN ELEOS EIRHNH AGAPH PLHQUNQEIN and  
> be understood in the same way and have achieved the same effect?
> Is there some advantage to using KAI to stretch out the sentence??  
> Would this allow the author to exaggerate (or emphasize) that which  
> he writes here because of the subject matter he deals with in the  
> letter as if he means that ELEOS EIRHNH AGAPH will be multiplied  
> TOIS KLHTOIS of v1 where it would not be multiplied in TIVES  
> ANQRWPOI of v4 thus distinguishing the one from the other?

(a) I think you mean PLHQUNQEIH: there is no form PLHQUNQEIN that I'm  
aware of. You seem to be confusing Nu and  "V" in transliteration.
(b) Surely you're not intending to say that ELEOS, EIRHNH, and AGAPH  
are the same thing? Why should they NOT be linked by a conjunction?  
Whether it's "compassion and peace and love" or "compassion, peace,  
and love," it seems to me that ordinarily polysyndeton is far more  
common than asyndeton.
(c) I don't see any relevance of this to the persons referred to in  
verse 4, who are described as outsiders infiltrating the congregation.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)

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