[B-Greek] hINA Clause John 6:29
cwconrad2 at mac.com
Mon Aug 23 15:46:16 EDT 2010
On Aug 23, 2010, at 2:34 PM, Gordon Slocum wrote:
> JOHN 6:28 – 29
> EIPON OUN PROS AUTON TI POIWMEN hINA ERGAZWMEQA TA ERGA TOU
> QEOS (29) APEKRIQH IHSOUS KAI EIPEN AUTOIS TOUTO ESTIN TO ERGON
> TOU QEOU hINA PISTEUHET
Let's make that PISTEUHi
> EIS hON APESTEILEN EKEINOS.
> Do I correctly understand the follow to be a purpose clause "hINA
> PISTEUHi EIS hON APESTEILEN EKEINOS" If I have this correct is
> the idea of contingency present in this use of this "present active
> subjunctive? Would the following translation of this clause be acceptable
> "that you might believe".
Actually this hINA clause is more a substantive clause, practically equivalent to
an infinitive or gerund: "Doing God's work is believing in the one He sent."
cf. BDF§388. But useful for a fuller understanding of what's going on here is
Margaret Sim's dissertation on hINA and hOTI, soon to be published, if not
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)
More information about the B-Greek