Koine and Biblical and Medieval Greek • Re: John 4:24 Does It actually Say?: πνεῦμα ὁ θεός

πνεῦμα ὁ θεός isn’t weird at all, it’s simple, typical Greek. Joel quotes a similar exaple from Isocrates, which more literally could be translated ”chance is common and the future is unseen”.

πνεῦμα ὁ θεός ”God is (a) spirit”

θεός τὸ πνεῦμα ”(the) spirit is (a) God.

While in English word order determines which word is subject and which one is predicate (the subject comes first), in a sentence like this in Greek we recognize the predicate because it’s the word with the article (ὁ/τὸ).

To interpret it the way you do would like to read it would require us to connect the Greek words in a way that’s impossible. While very occasionally things like that might happen (ambiguities concerning which words belong to which sentence), it’s certainly not the case here. Generally speaking the Greek New Testament is a text that has been studied by countless people, so if there was something so obviously wrong with our interpration of the text as you suggest, someone would have noticed it a long time ago.
Does Scripture Start a Sentence anywhere else describing something and then right after Say "And"? i don't think so, there is obviously something off here.

Statistics: Posted by RebornAdopted — Tue Sep 05, 2023 5:25 am

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