[B-Greek] Spiritual psalms, hymns and songs?--Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16

Barry nebarry at verizon.net
Wed Jul 21 10:06:34 EDT 2010


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sarah Madden" <sarah.r.madden at gmail.com>
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Cc: "Leonard Jayawardena" <leonardj at live.com>; <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
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Subject: Re: [B-Greek] Spiritual psalms, hymns and songs?--Ephesians 5:19; 
Colossians 3:16


> One minor grammar note that no one has addressed, and that will solve the
> mystery of which word(s) the adjective is describing: Since the adjective 
> is
> feminine, and the only feminine word in this group is WiDAIS (songs), then
> the proper translation is "psalms and hymns and spiritual songs" -- but 
> not
> "spiritual psalms and hymns and songs."
>
> YALMOIS KAI hUMNOIS KAI WiDAIS PNEUMATIKAIS-Ephesians 5:19
> YALMOIS hUMNOIS WiDAIS PNEUMATIKAIS--Colossians 3:16

Sarah, it's also possible an adjective modifying the last item in a series, 
while in technical grammatical agreeement with that last item, to be 
understood as modifying each noun in the series.  Only context will clarify, 
and context is sometimes diffcult to see due to theological commitments... 
:)

N.E. Barry Hofstetter
Classics and Bible Instructor, TAA
http://www.theamericanacademy.net
(2010 Savatori Excellence in Education Winner)
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