Grammar of New Testament Greek: Volume 4: Style by James Hope Moulton, Wilbert Francis Howard, Nigel Turner

By James Hope Moulton, Wilbert Francis Howard, Nigel Turner

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His use of palin and euthus follows rigid rules : at the beginning of the clause they are mere conjunctions, but adverbial elsewhere (Grammar III 229). His use of recitative hoti is no less rigid ; his rule apparently is not to employ it after a recitative legön, avoiding two recitatives in juxtaposition, for to his mind they both perform the same function, that of quote marks. e. with answer, glorify, cry, bear false witness] then there is always a variant omitting hoti and this will probably be correct—unless we are presuming to invent Mark's own rules for him.

Mt uses achri(s) less frequently than Lk-Ac, Paul, Heb and Rev. THE STYLE OF MATTHEW 43 The Us e o f Othe r Syntax, i. Number. Zerwick (Graecitas Biblica § 4a) suggests that the use of pluralis categoriae, twice in Mt, should be rendered by the singular : 223 prophets 27" robbers (when only one prophet and robber is intended). But also : 14* ( = Mk) 21' 22' 28°. Moreover, many crowds 426 S1-1^.!.

Apo, and Mk 61 eh- . . ekeifhen becomes Mt I35S meta- . . ek. This is not the whole truth, for Matthew retains Mark's eis- . . eis on a number of occasions : lo11 i24-891511-17. He takes ek-... ek from Q (is11-18) and from M (zj53). The avoidance is therefore a matter of chance and not a regular feature of style. This is confirmed by the circumstance that in some other respects Mt is quite vernacular in style. e. between hos and hostis. He has hostis on several occasions when hos would be less vernacular ; and only one instance is taken from Mk (Mt 15 i628),52the larest being part of 1 33 41 his55special source M or of his editorial work y I3 ig bis 2O 2i - 25!

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