John 16:15: EMA ESTIN -- why accusative?

Date: Wed Aug 21 1996 - 14:34:55 EDT

In case someone hasn't already answered the question, Jonathan, EMA and PANTA
are both neuter and could therefore be either accusative or nominative, but
the construction indicates that they are nominative (predicate nominative con-
struction). Also EMA is a possessive adjective, not a personal pronoun, and
as a result it takes the case of the word (here, PANTA used as a substantive)
that it modifies, as is true of adjectives in general.

Don Wilkins
UC Riverside

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