3383Re: [gthomas] The Man Sayings
- Feb 4, 2001Mike,
I am convinced that the Coptic had no firm grammatical rules for the def
art. It definitely isn't the same as English grammar. For awhile, I thought
it was something like, "this and no other", but that won't fit all uses. The
Greek as you know, uses prefixes and suffixes for syntax. The def art is
used for emphasis. "The son of man" becomes "son the man". I think that it
is up to the context to give the def art meaning in a sentence. Unless you
can unearth some Coptic grammar book, that is all I can come up with.
Another thought. Maybe the usage in the Coptic is an anomaly that shows up
as part of the translation from an assumed Greek text of the GoT.
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