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A general principle for interpretation of Scripture is that Scripture interprets Scripture. If this initial word is tracked throughout it is seen to mean firstfruits, first, or chief. So a translation that renders this "In the beginning period..." however grammatically correct fails to convey the essential meaning of the word as it implies what is described ...


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I will limit my comments to the question is the “inclusive” reading of οἱ δὲ grammatically impossible rather than merely improbable which is the majority view: Stephanie Black objects to Grayston's approach, observing that οἱ δὲ signals discontinuity and would be highly unlikely if there were continuity of subject with the previous sentence. (Stephanie ...



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