[B-Greek] Gal 3:3 -- Question or statement?

Stephen Carlson stemmatic at gmail.com
Tue Aug 24 09:33:36 EDT 2010


Galatians 3:3 is usually punctuated as a question:

οὕτως ἀνόητοί ἐστε, ἐναρξάμενοι πνεύματι νῦν σαρκὶ ἐπιτελεῖσθε;

hOUTWS ANOHTOI ESTE, ENARXAMENOI PNEUMATI NUN SARKI EPITELEISQE?

"Are you so senseless? Having started in the spirit, you are now
finishing in the flesh?"

But it also seems feasible that it could be a statement, i.e.: "You
are senseless in this way: having stated in the spirit, you are now
finishing in the flesh."

Are there any discourse or syntactic reasons that could shed light on
whether Gal 3:3 is a question or statement?  Or is it merely the fact
that 3:3 is in the middle of a barrage of questions? (By the way, I
take 3.1, 2, and 5 to be questions; v. 4b is a statement; not sure
about v. 4a).

Stephen
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Stephen C. Carlson
Graduate Program in Religion
Duke University



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