re: John 15:15 DOULOUS "As servants"

Mike Phillips (
Fri, 2 Aug 1996 09:09:01 -0700

This verse has a double accusative construction (both umas and doulous
in accusative case) where you have a direct and predicate object (Dana and
Mantey, p. 94). Umas is the DO and doulous the PO. The 'as servants' is
determined by the translation of the predicate object, i.e., 'being' servants,
or as (if) 'you were' servants. Hope that helps.

> From: Jonathan Robie <>, on 8/2/96 9:17 AM:
> The phrase "ouketi legw umas doulous" is translated "no longer do I speak to
> as servants. I don't understand how this is to be parsed. Can somebody help
> with this?
> Jonathan

Mike Phillips
Hebrew Union College - JIR

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