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John 1:7 b αὐτοῦ Jesus or John the Baptist?

John 1:7: οὗτος ἦλθεν εἰς μαρτυρίαν, ἵνα μαρτυρήσῃ περὶ τοῦ φωτός, ἵνα πάντες πιστεύσωσιν δι' αὐτοῦ.

Everytime I have read this, without really thinking about it, I assumed that the αὐτοῦ refers to the light=Jesus.

"...so that everyone might believe through it/him (i.e. the light, that is Jesus.")

But I note that Nonnus' paraphrase has

Nonnus 1:7b: ἵνα πάντες ἑνὸς κήρυκος ἰωῇ ὀρθὴν πίστιν ἔχοιεν...
...so that all might through the voice of one ...
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"ἦν" in John 1:1

Hey Guys,

I was wondering what usage the ἦν's in John 1:1 would be labeled as, I was thinking Gnomic, but appearently, a Gnomic Imperfect doesn't really exist in the NT. If this is a Customary Imperfect, how is it seen as something that extends to before "ἐν ἀρχῃ." Could it be leximatic? Johns use of ειμι rather than γινομαι? Anyway, I've been going through my syntax books, and am having trouble trying to classify ...
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Odd findings with circumflex accents and kappa symbols

Hello everyone!

Been a long time since my last post but I am getting back into my Greek studies and found an oddity that despite my trundling through the internets, can't seem to find an answer!

1) in my Novum Testamentum Graece the circumflex accents appear to be different than the accents in my Mounce's BBG and Athenaze. Does anyone know the reason for the difference?

2) in A Reader's Greek New Testament, the kappa ...
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Koine Greek pronunciation

Hello, my goal is to learn Koine Greek so that i can grow in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I would appreciate some help. I want to know where can i find a chart with a historic Biblical Koine Greek prounuciation ? I dont want to learn Erasmian or Modern pronunciation.

And a couple of more questions.

Is the grammar, the meaning of the words and spelling of Koine Greek the same as ...
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Heb 4:12

Hey guys. Here's a passage that I'm having a problem with.

Heb 4:12

Ζῶν γὰρ ὁ λόγος τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ ἐνεργὴς καὶ τομώτερος ὑπὲρ πᾶσαν μάχαιραν δίστομον καὶ διϊκνούμενος ἀχρὶ μερισμοῦ ψυχῆς καὶ πνεύματος, ἁρμῶν τε καὶ μυελῶν, καὶ κριτικὸς ἐνθυμήσεων καὶ ἐννοιῶν καρδίας·

The issue that I'm having is with "ἀχρὶ μερισμοῦ ψυχῆς καὶ πνεύματος." My question is this: Does the "καὶ" in this phrase show us where the division takes place (i.e ...
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ἀπόλλυμι Strongs 622- apollumi- help please!

Hi guys, you've helped me before and I hope you can spare a little time to help me again. I'm trying to understand what is implied by the Greek word ἀπόλλυμι. If we take as an example John 3:16- it is usually translated as 'perish'. Other examples of where it is translated as 'lost' are Luke 15:6 (the lost sheep) and Luke 15:9 (the lost coin).

Here's my problem: does 'apollumi' have a bearing on ...
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Participle question

Hey all. I'm working on the exercises for chapter 27 in BBG and I've run across something I can't figure out.

In the translation exercises, #5 is this:
Παυλος δε και Βαρναβας διετριβον εν Αντιοχεια διδασκοντες και ευαγγελιζομενοι μετα και ετερων πολλων τον λογον του κυριου.

What I don't understand is why ευαγγελιζομενοι is passive - i.e. why it uses μενοι instead of οντες as an ending. My first thought was that maybe the verb ...
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υπαρχω vs ειμι

Hey guys, was wondering if someone could explain the difference between υπαρχω and ειμι.
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Ἰησοῦν Χριστὸν δίκαιον

Hey all,

I'm reading through 1 John 2 and I'm having trouble understanding the last part of the first verse.

καὶ ἐάν τις ἁμαρτῃ παραάκλητον ἔχομεν πρὸς τὸν πατέρα, Ἰησοῦν Χριστὸν δίκαιον

The issue I'm having is, how does " Ἰησοῦν Χριστὸν " relate to the following adjective "δίκαιον". I'm assuming that Ἰησοῦν Χριστὸν is a single substantive and that this is possibly an object - complement, but that doesn't seem to help me understand ...
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How much reading?

Hey all, Its been a while, I've been on Koine Greek for 2 years now and feel like I've hit a brick wall... I've been working though mounce and Wallace along with the corresponding workbooks, Also been slowly going through a graded reader. Any suggestions for what to do next to keep moving forward in my Koine studies? I'm really struggling with vocabulary! Also, How much reading should I be doing each day? oh... and ...
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