Re: logizetai eis sperma...

From: A. Brent Hudson (
Date: Sat Mar 30 1996 - 21:42:27 EST

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Tom Launder wrote:
> In Morris page 354 footnote 47, he says: "Howard considers *logizomai eis
> sperma* a Semitism (M, II, p. 463).

I don't have Howard, but this usage is common with LOGIZOMAI (Rm. 2:26; 4:3,
5, 9, 22).

Bauer says (s.v. EIS):
8. The predicate nom. and the predicate acc. are somet. replaced by EIS w.
acc. under Semitic influence, which has strengthened Gk. tendencies in the
same direction: g. LOGIZESThAI EIS (Wsd 2:16; 1 Macc 2:52) Ro 4:3 (Gen 15:6
); cf. 2:26; 9:8. L. EIS OUThEN (Is 40:17; Wsd 3:17; cf. 9:6) Ac 19:27.

Thus, while it may be a Semitism, since there was already movement in this
direction in Greek it should not be overemphasized. Besides, there are
enough examples of this construction to understand its function. I would
classify it as a predicate accusative; however, I would be very interested
to know if Carlton Winbery would classify it this way, since his Syntax only
notes EIS + EIMI in this category.


A. Brent Hudson
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At McMaster University

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