From: Carl W. Conrad (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Jun 22 1999 - 18:00:51 EDT
At 5:16 PM -0400 6/22/99, UpoXarin@aol.com wrote:
>I am slowly reading my way through Mark and I have hit a speed bump in verse
>... hOSON XRONON EXOUSIN TON NUMPHION MET' AUTWN OU DUNANTAI NHSTEUEIN
>AS MUCH TIME AS THEY HAVE THE BRIDEGROOM WITH THEM, THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO FAST.
>I don't understand why hOSON XRONON is in the accusative. It appears to be
>functioning adverbially, answering the question of how long. A.T. Robertson
>suggests that there is some sort of attraction going on. Any help would be
The accusative is the appropriate case for extent of time, i.e. "how long".
What is "attracted" in this instance is the demonstrative TOSON CRONON: it
is attracted into the relative; more fully it would be hOSON CRONON ECOUSIN
TON NUMFION MET' AUTWN, TOSON CRONON OU DUNANTAI NHSTEUEIN. This is much
like, "I give you what I have," where "what" = "that which."
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University
Summer: 1647 Grindstaff Road/Burnsville, NC 28714/(828) 675-4243
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