Re: Luke 3:18 Syntax

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Fri Oct 09 1998 - 08:05:14 EDT

<x-rich>At 4:13 AM -0500 10/9/98, G. Ross wrote:

<excerpt>Thank you! I see from your explanation that it is possible
for (some) verbs in the middle voice to be transitive. I had thought,
mistakenly, that such verbs were always intransitive. The question of
deponent vs. non-deponent comes to mind here, also. From what you have
said, I infer that Luke used EUAGGELIZOMAI in the same sense as another
might use EUAGGELIZW, that is, as a deponent verb. Now my question is
Do non-deponent verbs in the middle voice take objects in the
accusative case?


Yes. The usage of EUAGGELIZOMAI does seem a bit extraordinary, since
it can take, as in this instance, an accusative of the group
evangelized, but often takes an accusative like LOGON and means more
simply "preach."

Carl W. Conrad

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