[B-Greek] FW: Galatians 1:6-7

Steve Runge srunge at logos.com
Wed Jun 10 16:30:39 EDT 2009


So far as I have been able to determine, there will be an expectation of a negative answer, no matter how slight that negative is. This does not mean that there will be no instance where a writer does not follow this principle, but I know that I can account for all NT tokens of EI MH. The example from Eph 4:9 is one of those marginal ones. What I have outlined is a principle, not a rule. I expect there will be exceptions. ;-) That was for you, Carl.


-----Original Message-----
From: Iver Larsen [mailto:iver_larsen at sil.org]
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To: Steve Runge; Elizabeth Kline; B Greek
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Subject: Re: [B-Greek] Galatians 1:6-7

----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Runge" <srunge at logos.com>
To: "Elizabeth Kline" <kline_dekooning at earthlink.net>; "B Greek" 
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Cc: "Charles Johnson" <cpj5117 at gmail.com>
Sent: 10. juni 2009 21:27
Subject: Re: [B-Greek] Galatians 1:6-7

> Here is an excerpt from my blog post that accounts for both your cited 
> exception from 2 Cor, and that from Cooper.
> "What about εἰ μή? Can it be used in non-negative contexts? The answer 
> in most every case is “no”. But there is one exception (pun intended): 
> rhetorical questions. This apparent exception confused me even more 
> than the original problem, since it seemed to break with the expected 
> pattern of negation. Then I realized that even though the rhetorical 
> questions are technically positive, they expected a negative answer 
> where εἰ μή was used . In other words,  the expected answer to the question is nothing or no one.

Does the question have to expect a negative answer? Does this apply to the following examples?

Rom 11:15: εἰ γὰρ ἡ ἀποβολὴ αὐτῶν καταλλαγὴ κόσμου, τίς ἡ πρόσλημψις εἰ μὴ ζωὴ ἐκ νεκρῶν; EI GAR hH APOBOLH AUTWN KATALLAGH KOSMOU, TIS hH PROSLHMYIS EI MH ZWH EK NEKRWN

Eph 4:9 τὸ δὲ Ἀνέβη τί ἐστιν, εἰ μὴ ὅτι καὶ κατέβη εἰς τὰ κατώτερα [μέρη] τῆς γῆς; TO DE ANEBH TI ESTIN, EI MH hOTI KAI KATEBH EIS TO KATWTERA MERH THS GHS

1Jn 2:22 Τίς ἐστιν ὁ ψεύστης εἰ μὴ ὁ ἀρνούμενος ὅτι ᾽Ιησοῦς οὐκ ἔστιν ὁ Χριστός; TIS ESTIN hO YEUSTHS EI MH hO ARNOUMENOS hOTI IHSOUS OUK ESTIN hO CRISTOS

Iver Larsen 

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