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

Iver Larsen iver_larsen at sil.org
Sun Aug 29 00:44:44 EDT 2010

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "George F Somsel" <gfsomsel at yahoo.com>
To: "hoshi411" <hoshi411 at gmail.com>; <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: 27. august 2010 04:47
Subject: Re: [B-Greek] strange "men" construction 1 Cor 2:15

> You appear to be following the Byz Maj textform since μέν does not appear in
> the critical text. Μέν is postpositive so that it never appears at the
> beginning of its clause. Due to the fact that the clause already has a
> postpositive δέ the μέν seems to have been shoved further down the line.
> Μέν ... δέ serves to indicate a contrast so in the Byz Maj text they are
> emphasizing the contrast between two items. What is contrasted is [τα] πάντα
> and οὑδένος. It would appear that the two indicators are placed as closely 
> as
> possible to the two items which are contrasted thereby.
> george
> gfsomsel

> From: hoshi411 <hoshi411 at gmail.com>
> To: b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org
> Sent: Thu, August 26, 2010 6:20:52 PM
> Subject: [B-Greek] strange "men" construction 1 Cor 2:15
> 1 Corinthians 2:15
> ο δε πνευματικος ανακρινει μεν παντα αυτος δε υπ ουδενος ανακρινεται
> My question is:
> Why does the "MEN" come after a verb?
> I could not find any explanation of what happens when MEN follows a verb at 
> the
> end of a clause.

If I may just add one final comment about MEN coming after a verb. Since MEN as 
George says is postpositive, I would say that what is contrasted according to 
the position of MEN is the active ANAKRINEI and the passive AUTOS ... (OUK) 

While the spiritual may actively evaluate/examine/judge/discern everything, he 
is not subject to judgment or cannot be properly discerned/evaluated (by 
non-spiritual people).

Iver Larsen 

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