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Postby charlie » Mon Aug 31, 2009 3:52 am

i was just looking and came across the greek word for disciple which was mathetes, then i saw that the root word was mathete. in my gnt mathetes is used. what is the difference between mathete and mathetes?


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Re: definition needed.

Postby spiphany » Mon Aug 31, 2009 5:00 am

Greek words take different endings depending on what case they're used in.
IPHIGENIE: Kann uns zum Vaterland die Fremde werden?
ARKAS: Und dir ist fremd das Vaterland geworden.
IPHIGENIE: Das ist's, warum mein blutend Herz nicht heilt.
(Goethe, Iphigenie auf Tauris)
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Re: definition needed.

Postby Bert » Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:50 pm

charlie wrote:i was just looking and came across the greek word for disciple which was mathetes, then i saw that the root word was mathete. in my gnt mathetes is used. what is the difference between mathete and mathetes?


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To add to what spiphany has said; μαθητής is the word if it is the subject of the sentence. μαθητη- is not really even a word. The case ending has been removed to show the main "building block" of the word.
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Re: definition needed.

Postby Swth\r » Tue Sep 01, 2009 9:00 am

Where exactly have you found this word? mathete (μαθητή) is probably a modern Greek formation, perhaps singular genitive, or accusative (or vocative)... Mathetes (μαθητής, pronounced [mathitis]) is the nominative.
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