Re: Is anyone out there; John 1:1
> John 1:1 => In the beginning was the Word, and
> the Word was with God,....
> 1. Why is the word order for the first phrase start
> with "In the beginning" and not with "The Word"?
I'm not sure I get the point of your question, but maybe this helps:
(1) It is possible in many languages for the grammatical subject
to trade places, so to speak, with a locative or temporal
adverbial, at least when the verb is 'to be'. So syntactically
it's not unusual for the first phrase to be the temporal "In
the beginning" rather than the subject "the Word".
(2) As for why, it seems to be a universal principle of discourse
organization to put "old" information before "new" in a sentence.
In this case, it pretty much goes without saying that "in the
beginning was something"; what might be new to the reader is
the information that this "something" was the Word. So, 'the
Word' is the newer information, and more naturally occurs at
the end of the sentence.