Re: Acts 1:1 - WN: what kind of genitive?

From: Jonathan Robie (
Date: Mon Oct 28 1996 - 14:50:56 EST

>A partitive genitive is used with verbs meaning to begin, to touch, to
>aim at, to attain, etc. Here hWN refers back to PANTWN, but is governed
>If you're interested Goodwin has a pretty good treatment of the genitive
>with verbs: Greek Grammar, 1097-1132.

Someone sent me this suggestion per email. I don't know why he didn't copy
the list, so I'm not mentioning his name in case he has a reason.

Alas, I'm back on the road, and I have no way of evaluating whether HRKSATO
could cause hWN to be genitive without reference to some of the Big Books
that don't fit in my little suitcase.

> It would appear that Jonathan has turned over quite a can of worms here. Is
> he a "little Greek," as he claims or one of those "little foxes" spoken of
> in Solomon's Song, "that creep in and spoil the vineyard?" ;-)

When it comes to answers, I'm a rather little Greek, but I might be good at
asking questions. Some people have questions, others have answers -- "for to
one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another questions and
confusion by the same Spirit"

Jonathan Robie
POET Software

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