[B-Greek] strange "men" construction 1 Cor 2:15

N.E. Barry nebarry at verizon.net
Fri Aug 27 00:24:04 EDT 2010

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Subject: Re: [B-Greek] strange "men" construction 1 Cor 2:15

> I thought what is unusual about this is - I expected MEN ~ DE rather
> than DE ~ MEN.
> Please correct me.

Nothing to correct here -- normally you have MEN...DE balanced just so.  In 
this case, in the same sentence, you have DE...MEN...DE.  That's awkward, to 
say the least.  To paraphrase Metzger, the MEN appears to have been added by 
copyists whose command of the language was mechanical rather than idiomatic.

Koine uses the MEN much less than Classical Greek, part of the general trend 
toward more restrictive use of the particles.

N.E. Barry Hofstetter
Classics & Bible Instructor @ The American Academy
2010 Salvatori Excellence in Education Winner
V-P, Academic Affairs, The North American Reformed Seminary


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