Re: Article-Article-Noun-Noun

Paul Zellmer (
Sun, 15 Dec 1996 23:55:17 -0800

M. Palmer wrote:

> Now for the semantics: The genitive phrase may hold any of several
> different semantic roles (meanings) in relation to the head noun,
> depending in large part on the meaning of that head noun. The example you
> have chosen has a head noun (DIKAIOSUNH) which has the semantic force of
> a verb (loosely speaking). The genitive noun could, in certain contexts,
> hold the relationship of a subject to a verb. The phrase
> could have a meaning (in certain contexts) which would imply a
> relationship shared by "God" and "righteousness" in the clause "God is
> righteous." (In the major grammars this reading is called a *subjective*
> genitive.)


Please help me out here, because my memory of my intermediate greek
course must be failing me, and I am separated from my library. Please
contrast the "subjective genitive" and the "genitive absolute." My
faulty memory is trying to make these synonymous, and I cannot see how
the "genitive absolute" fits for an adjectival use of the genitive.


Paul Zellmer
Southern Methodist Missions