Re: genitives

Lee R. Martin (
Tue, 21 Jan 1997 19:05:40 -0800

Randy Leedy wrote:
> In the thread on strings of genitives (e.g. EIS TO EPAINON DOXHS THS
> CARITOS AUTOU) I didn't see any mention of a point that does deserve
> consideration here: the Semitic use of the genitive as a substitute
> for an adjective.

I agree with you in theory, but the following example from the Psalms
would illustrate the proper word order in such a construct chain:

a b c c b a
(Psalm 48) the mountain of the holiness of him = His holy mountain

a b c c b a
(Hebrews) the word of the power of him = his powerful word

a b c c b a
the praise of the glory of the grace of him = praise of his gracious

Lee R. Martin
Part-Time Instructor in Hebrew and Biblical Studies
Church of God Theological Seminary
Cleveland, TN 37311
Pastor, Prospect Church of God