Re: a most difficult text

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Mon Nov 09 1998 - 15:59:09 EST

<x-rich>At 12:34 PM -0800 11/9/98, clayton stirling bartholomew wrote:

<excerpt>Carl W. Conrad wrote:


> I would have thought this pretty straightforward, once one recognizes

> hOU in this instance is the relative adverb, "where," equivalent to

> earlier Greek hOPOU. The text says, "We went outside the gate
alongside the

> river, where we thought there was a place of prayer." Thus: EINAI is

> existential "to exist," PROSEUCHN is the subject of EINAI, hOU is

> adverb construed with EINAI and referring back to the area designated

> "outside the gate by the river," and the acc. + inf. is governed by

> ENOMIZOMEN, "we supposed," "we imagined."



This does help. I am not used to the idea of seeing an EINAI
construction as

the object of a finite verb. Once that is explained then there is no

Is this pattern common in the NT?


I don't think it's uncommon; I just did a search for EIMI as infinitive
in the GNT in Accordance and came up with plenty of instances, of which
I'm only going to mention a handful:

<underline>Matt. 16:13</underline> TINA LEGOUSIN hOI ANQRWPOI EINAI TON

<underline>Matt. 22:23</underline> SADDOUKAIOI, LEGONTES MH EINAI

<underline>Mark 14:64</underline> hOI DE PANTES KATEKRINAN AUTON ENOCON

<underline>Luke 2:44</underline> NOMISANTES DE AUTON EINAI EN THi

<underline>Luke 20:41</underline> PWS LEGOUSIN TON CRISTON EINAI DAUID

<underline>Acts 5:36</underline> ANESTH QEUDAS LEGWN EINAI TINA
hEAUTON, ...

Here are six instances of subject acc. + inf. EINAI as objects, 4x of
LEGW, 1x of KATAKRINW, and 1x of NOMIZW. Clearly it is Lk 2:44 that
comes closest to the construction in Acts 16:13. I hope this is what
you meant by your question.

Carl W. Conrad

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