- For – reason or substantiation, Paul is using this thought to substantiate, or expand a previous thought.
- Through – agency (this category is not on the list but one that I have seen more and more in the past few years) how is Paul making this statement, what is driving it.
- Not, but – contrast
- As – comparison usually but in this case used more like “because” or “for” which is offered as a substantiation of what has just been offered.
- What is being contrasted?
- What is the meaning of each of the elements being contrasted?
- How are they similar?
- How are they different?
- Why is the contrast used here?
- How does this contrast move Paul’s argument further?
- Why use the contrast at this point in the development of the argument?
Admittedly, at some point you have to move on. This will help you make the most of the time you have to get the most out of the passage you are studying.
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