Re: genitive

From: Carlton Winbery (
Date: Tue Feb 10 1998 - 10:06:10 EST

Paul Dixon wrote;

>Has anybody ever heard of a genitive of advantage, or of any other
>possible examples of such? There is a dative of advantage. Just
>wondering. That would seem to be a good possibility here, if so.
Yes, Paul. I've seen reference to a genitive of advantage, but primarily
with the preposition PERI, PROS or hUPER. However, Jim Brooks and I think
that there are examples of a genitive of advantage without prepositions in
Col 4:9 ". . .open a door for the word." or Acts 4:9 "a good work for a
sick man . . ." The example from I Tim 4:12 seems to me to fit this. It
would be far better than trying to make a noun of action of TUPOS. If this
is needless multiplication of categories then perhaps genitive of reference
(I think that would be closer to "pertinentive" if that means pertaining
to?). It seems clear to me that Timothy is to do something that benefits
people who are described by the adjective (substantival) PISTOS.

Carlton L. Winbery
Fogleman Professor of Religion
Louisiana College
Pineville, LA 71359

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