From: Carl W. Conrad (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Aug 17 1996 - 13:24:26 EDT
At 8:47 AM -0500 8/17/96, Jonathan Robie wrote:
>Beginner that I am, the first time I read "humeis ek tou patros tou diabolou
>este", I parsed it as "you are from the father of the devil". Try again.
>Could someone please help me understand the form of this phrase?
There is nothing inherently wrong with your translation: TOU DIABOLOU is
genitive singular and could depend upon TOU PATROS as you have understood
it. In the context, however, it makes more sense to understand TOU DIABOLOU
as being in apposition to TOU PATROS, so that we understand: "You are (=
derive) from (your) father, the devil."
Personally, I would prefer to set off TOU DIABOLOU in comma in the Greek
text, but I suppose the editors preferred to leave the ambiguity of the
Carl W. Conrad
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