Re: Genitives

Randy Leedy (
Fri, 24 Jan 1997 13:58:22 -0500

Lee Martin wrote:

>>>Dear Randy,
I was not denying the possibility of your translation (as far as
Greek grammar is concerned), but I do not think it fits the Semitic
pattern of construct-genitive chains. Can you show me an example from
the Hebrew Bible that parallels Eph.1?

I'll have to work on this. The 3-member phrases, the last being a
possessive pronoun, are not hard to find, as I think you know, so I
assume you're talking about a 4-member phrase. I'm not terribly
optimistic about finding a precise Hebrew parallel, but I'd like to

James Vellenga posted what he called a "counterorthodox" theory that
strikes me as meriting consideration. Still, as I mentioned in a
previous post today, the more I consider the issue, the less certain
I am that dissecting the phrases into finely-distinguished concepts
is the way to go, and that perhaps most of my own previous posts on
the subject were, in reality, off the mark.

Now off to class.

In Love to God and Neighbor,
Randy Leedy
Bob Jones University
Greenville, SC