Re: Acts 1:1 - WN: what kind of genitive?

Carlton L. Winbery (
Sun, 27 Oct 1996 13:56:43 +0400

Jonathan Robie wrote;
>What kind of genitive is used for hWN in hWN HRXATO hO IHSOUS in Acts 1:1?
>Here's the text:
>Acts 1:1 (GNT) Ton men prwton logon epoihsamhn peri pantwn w Qeofile wn
>hrxato o Ihsous poiein te kai didaskein
I would say that the hWN is used with the adjective PANTWN even though they
are separated by the vocative W THEOFILE. Thus hWN is used with the
preposition PERI as an adverbial genitive of reference "concerning all the
things (neut) which Jesus began to do and teach." Hence the relative
pronoun functions within the clause as an adverbial genitive of reference.
>P.S., Zerwick seems to see significance in the order, POIEIN TE KAI
>DIDASKEIN, but I found this same order in Mark 6:30, so I did a search of
>the GNT, and based on the few hits I found, I think this might be a fixed
>expression. Just as English tends to say "the things he said and did" rather
>than "the things he did and said", it looks like the Greek tends to say
>"poiein kai didaskein". Is this valid?

I would tend to agree with you here. I see no significance in the order.

Carlton L. Winbery
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