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Reading Paul's 2nd Epistle to the Corintintians

In another place I recently encountered someone boasting about their prowess in Koine, that reading Greek NT was "effortless" and I got to thinking about it, I haven't even read the entire NT in Greek. Paul's 2nd Epistle to the Corintintians isn't my favorite book in the canon. I don't recall ever hearing anyone preach or teach from it. It wasn't a part of the "liturgy" as I remember it. I had a course where ...
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The Greek word γάρ

I have been studying the Greek word γάρ. I came across this article:

http://www.academia.edu/749516/Notes_on ... _Testament

I hope the link worked. Anyway, the writer states that γάρ is a explantory particle. I emailed him and this is the conversation that we have had so far:

My name is Douglas Collins. I have been studying Romans 12 and was interested in the meaning of the Greek word γαρ. I ...
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εὐθεῖα Psalmoi 18:9

at the first of the Mounce BBG 3rd edition pages(before the table of contents), He gives a quote from LXX
ΨΑΛΜΟΙ ΙΗ 8-10, 15
the interesting part for me is that, at the first-half of the second line (it appears to be verse 9)
It reads, τἁ δικαιώματα κυρίου εὐθεῖα, εὐφραίνοντα καρδἰαν·
it seems to me that εὐθεῖα is a female singular adjective and is predicating the neuter plural noun τἁ δικαιώματα. is it possible ...
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Grammar Mistakes

I've heard that the NT contains numerous grammar mistakes and that 1 Peter and Hebrews were written in advanced Greek. The question is, does the NT really contain grammar mistakes. Thank you.
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Luke 1:22 ὀπτασίαν ἑώρακεν how did they know?

Luke 1:21 Καὶ ἦν ὁ λαὸς προσδοκῶν τὸν Ζαχαρίαν καὶ ἐθαύμαζον ἐν τῷ χρονίζειν ἐν τῷ ναῷ αὐτόν. 22 ἐξελθὼν δὲ οὐκ ἐδύνατο λαλῆσαι αὐτοῖς, καὶ ἐπέγνωσαν ὅτι ὀπτασίαν ἑώρακεν ἐν τῷ ναῷ· καὶ αὐτὸς ἦν διανεύων αὐτοῖς καὶ διέμενεν κωφός. 23 καὶ ἐγένετο ὡς ἐπλήσθησαν αἱ ἡμέραι τῆς λειτουργίας αὐτοῦ, ἀπῆλθεν εἰς τὸν οἶκον αὐτοῦ.

2Cor. 12:1 Καυχᾶσθαι δεῖ, οὐ συμφέρον μέν, ἐλεύσομαι δὲ εἰς ὀπτασίας καὶ ἀποκαλύψεις κυρίου. 2 οἶδα ἄνθρωπον ἐν Χριστῷ ...
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An Advent Mystery

Reading Luke for the first time, I was surprised to read the Greek for Luke 2:14.

Δόξα ἐν ὑψίστοις Θεῷ καὶ ἐπὶ γῆς εἰρήνη ἐν ἀνθρώποις εὐδοκίας.

I read this as something like: "...and upon Earth peace among men of goodwill." The εὐδοκίας reading is Wescott and Hort. Another variant in nearly as many manuscripts is εὐδοκία. The variant would be something like: "...and upon Earth peace among men goodwill."

This second is closer ...
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A Thanksgiving Day Treat

Heb 11:13: κατὰ πίστιν ἀπέθανον οὗτοι πάντες, μὴ λαβόντες τὰς ἐπαγγελίας, ἀλλὰ πόρρωθεν αὐτὰς ἰδόντες καὶ πεισθέντες καὶ ἀσπασάμενοι, καὶ ὁμολογήσαντες ὅτι ξένοι καὶ παρεπίδημοί εἰσιν ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς:

Heb 11:13: And they all died in faith, and received not the promises: but saw them afar off, and believed them, and saluted them: and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

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Conrad on the subjective/objective genitive

This discussion has been going on for years and years. It might be traced back as far as the late 90s when the grammar by D. Wallace of DTS was being adopted as a text book in many seminaries in north america. Wallace's treatment of the case system and particularly the genitive case had become a topic of discussion.

a more recent thread 2013:

the entire thread of 65 posts can be found here: ...
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sry to ask about lexicon again. my Ancient-Greek journey is just about to begin, and I think lexicons would be my nearest companion, along with grammars.
does anyone here have experience using BADG 2nd ed vs BDAG the 3rd?
how does the update effect their use to define the early apostolic father? (the edition I already have so far is both volume of Bart Ehrman Loeb)
does the 3rd edition cover more words or definitions ...
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Basics of Biblical Greek Workbook

I have the workbook for Mounce's grammar (2nd edition) in almost new condition. I'm giving it away. If anyone wants it send me a PM and we'll work out the shipping.
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