Re: concatenation of genitives

From: clayton stirling bartholomew (
Date: Fri Feb 27 1998 - 17:43:03 EST

Blass-Debrunner-Funk #168 and Zerwick #47 both lay down a general rule about
multiple genitives. ". . .when several genitives follow one another, each
commonly depends upon the preceding one." I find the word "depend" confusing,
what they are saying is that each genitive limits or modifies the preceding
genitive. Both BDF and Zerwick consider 2 Cor 4:4 an example that follows this
rule. Zerwick admits their are exceptions, e.g. 2 Cor 3:18, "where the
genitive is without the article and depends on a preposition."

However, the various English renderings of 2 Cor 4:4 cited by Richard Young
(Interm. NT Greek, p24) are evidence that this rule may not apply to even to
this passage.

Clayton Stirling Bartholomew
Three Tree Point
P.O. Box 255 Seahurst WA 98062

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