From: Carl W. Conrad (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat May 30 1998 - 06:21:01 EDT
At 9:53 PM -0400 5/29/98, Arto Hoikkala wrote:
>As I have continued my journey through the first chapter of John I have
>encounted one really puzzling pronoun.
>John 1:27 (GNT) hO OPISW MOU ERXOMENOS , hOU OUK EIMI [EGW] ACIOS hINA
>LUSW AUTOU TON hIMANTA TOU hUPODHMATOS
>Now... I really have no clue how does this relative pronoun hOU function in
>this verse. Where does it refer to? hO ERXOMENOS? What does it mean then?
A Semitism if ever there was one; Hebrew at least begins a relative clause
with an ASHER and then uses a pronoun in the proper linkage at its own more
appropriate place in the clause; so here hOU and AUTOU both point to hO
OPISW MOU ERCOMENOS as antecendent; idiomatic English would phrase it:
"whose sandal-strap I am unworthy to untie." Literally (I always thought it
would be fun to write English this way!): "whose I am not worthy that I
should untie his strap of the sandal"--it has an echt Yiddish ring to it.
But curiously it also has that distinctive Koine harbinger of Modern Greek:
hINA + subjunctive as a substitute for and ultimately the replacement for
the ancient infinitive.
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University
Summer: 1647 Grindstaff Road/Burnsville, NC 28714/(828) 675-4243
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