re: Phil 2.13

Relative clauses (such as the one containing the participle predicate 
substantive in Phil 2.13) are so called because they *relate* the clause 
itself to the word(s) that they modify. Hence, in order to make sense in 
English, as I believe would also be necessary in Greek semantics, the 
latter should preceed the former. Colwell (JBL, 52, 1933) on pages 16 and 
17, discusses predicates in relative clauses. He showed, albeit not by an 
impressive statistic, that indeed 24 of 26 definite predicates used in 
relative clauses follow the verb. As I mentioned in my previous post on 
this thread, and subsequently made by others, how can we question which 
word group it is that is being modified? The subject must be theos.


Chuck Arnold
Upper Marlboro, MD