Marking Thought and Talk in New Testament Greek

Back when people found her dissertation online about a year ago or so there was significant discussion of it both on several (NT) Greek blogs and on the B-Greek list. Then again when it looked like it would appear published by Paternoster (e.g. HERE), the discussion started up again.

When it never materialized from Paternoster, I was quite disappointed. So with all of that in mind, I was pleased as punch to see that Margaret Sim’s dissertation still gets to the see the light of day as a published monograph. Paternoster isn’t the publisher any more:

Marking Thought and Talk in New Testament Greek: New Light from Linguistics on the Particles ‘hina’ and ‘hoti’ by Margaret G. Sim

I will be hoping to see a copy under the tree for Christmas this year…

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  1. I thought about buying you the book, but I thought better of it when I read the summary…:

    “I claim that the function of this particle is not to introduce a purpose clause nor does it have a fixed lexical meaning of ‘in order that’, but rather that it alerts the reader to expect an interpretation of the thought of the speaker or implied author.”

    Well there you go… Does it? Or does it not?

        1. Well, all of the so-called “imperatival” ινα’s for one:

          Mark 5:23; 2 Cor 8.7; Eph 5:33; Gal 2:9

          There are other instances though. I don’t really have time right now to go digging around–too many papers to write.

          More importantly, though, is the fact that particles like ινα in any language rarely have lexical meaning, but instead work as function words–the scaffolding upon which lexical items with “content meaning” then hangs.

  2. I have heard about her thesis, now I will spend a bit of time and finally read it.
    BTW, this is December, so if you order this book (already discounted to about $21), be sure to add in your code to get an additional $5.40 off. Code is Dec10 and I don’t know how long it is good for. For folks interested in this title, its nice to save a bit more on this 40% off sale code.

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