From: P J Janse van Rensburg (PJJVR@akad.sun.ac.za)
Date: Fri Nov 01 1996 - 05:02:33 EST
On Thu, 31 Oct 1996 22:32:51 -0500
Jonathan Robie <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote
> I don't know how to parse the last 4 words in this verse, TWN UPO TON OURANON:
> Acts 2:5 (GNT) hsan de eis Ierousalhm katoikountes Ioudaioi, andres eulabeis
> apo pantos eqnous twn upo ton ouranon.
> Acts 2:5 (NASU) Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from
> every nation under heaven.
> What does TWN refer to? It doesn't seem to be EQNOUS -- TWN is plural,
> EQNOUS is singular.
I would suggest that TWN is a partitive genitive. TWN then stands
for the collection of nations of which every nation is a part. That
would give you something like : from every nation of those under
Pieter Janse van Rensburg
University of Stellenbosch
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