[B-Greek] prin abraam genesthai... John 8:58

Jeffrey B. Gibson jgibson000 at comcast.net
Sun Oct 4 17:54:16 EDT 2009

Roy Enal wrote:
> I wanted to review this thread and ask why the translation could not be rendered " Before Abraham came to be the one I am the one"
> The Genesthai used in this text seems not to be used to mean exist in other texts but to mean that of an evolving event.
> We don't say Abraham happened, or Abraham was bought to pass, or occurred
> Just because they do not understand his point does mean we have to let 
> their understanding dictate how we translate this complex sentence.
What an ironic juxtaposition of claims, especially in the light of the 
fact that you are using what English speakers do or don't say determine 
the semantic range of a Greek expression.


Jeffrey B. Gibson, D.Phil. (Oxon)
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