[B-Greek] Rm. 13:3b: "QELEIS..." WHY is it a question?

Carl Conrad cwconrad2 at mac.com
Mon Jun 1 16:29:18 EDT 2009


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From: "Nicky de Jong" <nicky_dejong at sil.org>
Date: June 1, 2009 2:39:30 PM EDT
To: <b-greek-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org>
Subject: RE: [B-Greek] Rm. 13:3b: "QELEIS..." WHY is it a question?
Reply-To: <nicky_dejong at sil.org>


The pattern of a rhetorical question functioning as a condition  
followed by an imperative is rare in the GNT but James uses it a few  
times. It would support the interpretation of Rom. 13:3b as a  
rhetorical question.

James 3:13 TIS SOFOS KAI EMISTHMWN EN hUMIN; DEIXATW EK THS KALHS  
ANASTROFHS TA ERGA AUTOU EN PRAUTHTI SOFIAS.

James 5:13-14a KAKOPAQEI TIS EN hUMiN, PROSEUCESQW· EUQUMEI TIS,  
YALLETW· 14 ASQENEI TIS EN hUMIN, PROSKALESASQW TOUS PRESBUTEROUS THS  
EKKLHSIAS ...

Notice the inconsistency in punctuation in the second example.  
Although this is the same kind of construction, no semicolon is used  
in the UBS text to mark it as a question. (The BFBS text of 1954 does.)

Nicky de Jong


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