Re: Mark 11:22 God's faith or faith in God?

From: Eric Weiss (
Date: Fri Feb 21 1997 - 00:01:13 EST

>> Micheal Palmer ( wrote:

I DO think, however, that a reading which takes QEOU as an objective
genitive is on dubious footing. That does not mean that it is
but that it is much more natural to read this construction as expressing
subjective genitive since the verb which lies behind PISTIS (PISTEUW)
not take an accusative case object. When a verb DOES take an accusative
case object, the equivalent deverbal noun can almost always take an
objective genitive modifier, but if the verb does not take an accusative
case object, the related deverbal noun (in this case PISTIS) does not
to take objective genitive modifiers. <<

Maybe I'm missing or misunderstanding something here, but BAGD for
PISTEUW gives several examples of PISTEUW taking an object in the
accusative case beginning with I Cor. 13:7 (PANTA PISTEUEI) and I John
4:16 (PEPISTEUKAMEN THN AGAPHN); Abbott-Smith says PISTEUW is used in
classical literature with the accusative, cites accusative of the thing
(rei) for Acts 13:41 and I Cor. 13:7, cites accusative and dative Luke
16:11, John 2:24, passive usages with the accusative Romans 3:2, I Cor.
9:17, Gal. 2:7, I Thess. 2:4, I Tim. 1:11, Titus 1:3. So an objective
genitive is clearly possible.

"Eric S. Weiss"

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