Re: parassein ta idia in 1 Thess 4:11

From: Stephen C. Carlson (
Date: Fri Sep 05 1997 - 23:29:27 EDT

PRASSEIN TA IDIA = "minding one's own business" "doing one's own thing"

At 05:59 9/5/97 +0100, Jim Beale wrote:
>I've been thinking about the article used as a possessive pronoun
>recently and wondering how such a usage came about. I wasn't able
>to find out very much information. I think it comes from classical
>Greek, but how, and what is the relation of the possessive use to
>the demonstrative? This is a very interesting question to me.

It may be an interesting question, but it is not really a *Greek*
question. The fact that the idiom is most comfortably translated into
English with a prosessive pronouns ("one's" "your" "my" etc.) does not
mean that the Greek article is used possessively. It is rather a
peculiarity of English that calls for the possessive pronoun. In many
languages, including Greek and to my knowledge Italian and French, the
possessive pronouns are used quite a bit less often than in English,
the identity of the possessor being less important or implied in the

Stephen Carlson

Stephen C. Carlson                   : Poetry speaks of aspirations,              : and songs chant the words. :               -- Shujing 2.35

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