Re: Acts 4:23-37, several questions

Jonathan Robie (
Tue, 17 Dec 1996 23:12:39 -0500

Chapter 34: In which the Little Greek insists that he knows what a genitive
absolute is and wonders out loud what the term nominative absolute means
anyways, but he is sure he has heard it somewhere....

At 05:43 AM 12/17/96 -0600, Carl W. Conrad wrote:
>At 10:25 PM -0600 12/16/96, Jonathan Robie wrote:

>>OK, it is a genitive aorist participle, but what does that mean? Zerwick's
>>Grammatical Analysis has a terse reference to "absolute of prayer, genitive
>>absolute". How is this phrase to be understood?
>Jonathan, how could you!? After all that earlier discussion of genitive
>absolutes (and even some talk about them yesterday)? This is simply "as
>they prayed."

But Carl, I *know* what a genitive absolute is and how it would be
interpreted. I just have absolutely *no* idea what an "absolute of prayer"

>>Acts 4:34 PWLOUNTES
>>Is this a nominative absolute?
>Let us not even speak of such things as nominative absolutes!

I'm not quite sure what the phrase means, frankly. I know what a genitive
absolute is, and if I pretended that this were genitive rather than
nominative, it would make good sense if I treated it as a genitive absolute:
"selling (them), they brought...". I thought I had heard the term
"nominative absolute" somewhere, so...well, what *is* a nominative absolute,

>This is an
>ordinary circumstantial participle, in agreement with the subject ( the
>relative clause with antecedent implicit in the pronoun--'those who'--OSOI
>... KTHTORES XWRIWN H OIKIWN hUPHRXON). "Those who owned plots of land or
>houses would sell them (ptc. stands for a parallel imperfect) and bring the
>proceeds of what they had sold."

OK, thanks!


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