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Subject: Punctuation and forgiveness
Author: jason@amplifier.com
Date: 10/8/2008

Since the original Gr. mss had no punctuation, some exegetes have questioned the use of various punctuation uses in v7's "He is blaspheming!": some might wonder if it is in fact a question ("Is he blaspheming?") or less emphatic (ala JEA's "He blasphemes;"). Since this seems a crux for understanding the scribes interior mindset and relationship to Jesus, on what basis can an argument be made for one type of punctation over another given the textual evidence?