[B-Greek] Luke 17:16 simple conditional statement???
cwconrad2 at mac.com
Tue Jun 30 12:10:08 EDT 2009
On Jun 30, 2009, at 8:42 AM, Travis Schuler wrote:
> Luke 17:6 εἶπεν δὲ ὁ κύριος εἰ ἔχετε
> πίστιν ὡς κόκκον σινάπεως ἐλέγετε
> τῇ συκαμίνῳ ταύτῃ ἐκριζώθητι καὶ
> φυτεύθητι ἐν τῇ θαλάσσῃ καὶ
> ἂν ὑμῖν.
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EIPEN DE hO KURIOS, EI ECETE PISTIN hWS KOKKON SINAPEWS, ELEGETE AN
THi SUKAMINWi TAUTHi, EKRIZWQHTI KAI FUTEUQHTE EN THi QALASSHi KAI
hUPHKOUSEN AN hUMIN.
> Is this a simple conditional statement??? the use of the indicative
> in the protasis seems to indicate it is, but I understand simple
> conditionals are rather rare. Also, the theological interpretations
> I have encountered seem to treat this verse as a general conditional
> statement. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
This is actually a mixed condition, but in its fundamental structure,
it is closer to a present counterfactual co;ndition; we would really
expect the protasis to be in the indicative imperfect, since the
apodoses are ELEGETE AN and hUPHKOUSEN AN, which are appropriate to
present and past counterfactual result-clauses.. The present tense of
ECETE is odd; the more appropriate imperfect form EICETE. is less to
be noted among textual variants than EAN ECHTE, which is not at all
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)
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