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

Steve Runge srunge at logos.com
Tue Aug 24 17:54:09 EDT 2010

Beyond observing that both the Markan and Galatian examples are emotionally charged, I'm not sure I have much to offer. hOUTWS is playing a slightly different pragmatic role in each. 

Adverbs like hWS and hOUTWS are pretty squirrely when it comes to position. Sometimes it is clearly pragmatic as in Gal 3:3, other times it is attributable to preferring an initial or final position as in Mark 7:18, IMO. I think the next logical step is for someone with a broader classical, Carlesque background to offer anecdotal observations from outside the GNT corpus. My list is way beyond too thin to draw conclusions. Does the pattern I suggested hold up, or does it diverge? 

-----Original Message-----
From: Stephen Carlson [mailto:stemmatic at gmail.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 1:38 PM
To: Steve Runge
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Subject: Re: [B-Greek] Gal 3:3 -- Question or statement?

On Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 3:37 PM, Steve Runge <srunge at logos.com> wrote:
> I think your reading is quite plausible for Gal 3:3. There are no clear interrogative
>markers present to decide the matter, so context alone is the determining factor.

Thanks, Steve.  This is very helpful, especially the Mark 7:18
parallel.  Do you have any thoughts about the role and/or position of
hOUTWS in regard to this issue?


> Galatians 3:3 is usually punctuated as a question:
> οὕτως ἀνόητοί ἐστε, ἐναρξάμενοι πνεύματι νῦν σαρκὶ ἐπιτελεῖσθε;
Stephen C. Carlson
Graduate Program in Religion
Duke University

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