Genitive articular infinitive equals purpose? (was "RE: Articular Infinitive in Phlp. 3.10")

From: Perry L. Stepp (plstepp@flash.net)
Date: Thu Apr 23 1998 - 11:24:12 EDT


Hello, all.

> From: D. Anthony Storm [mailto:dstorm@2xtreme.net]

> There would appear to be an articular infinitive in Phlp. 3.10:
>
> TOU GNWNAI AUTON KAI THN DUNAMIN.....
> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>
> My question is... why is the article in the genitive? I cannot find any
> previous finite verb that requires the genitive. I checked in Smythe
> briefly, but I am still puzzled.

When we studied the prison epistles (Ph.D. seminar at Baylor a few years
ago), I remember noticing that most if not all of the genitive articular
infinitives I could find expressed purpose. I wonder if this is consistent
enough to be considered a general rule--to wit, "when you see a genitive
articular infinitive, think purpose first"? Dr. Winbery, are you listening?
Dr. Conrad?

I'm looking at Brooks and Winbery, p. 134ff. They list TOU + infinitive
under both purpose and result. But I think both the listed examples used
for TOU + infinitive expressing result could also express purpose. Are
there better examples, where TOU + infinitive clearly *doesn't* express
purpose?

PLStepp

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