Subjective and Objective Genitives

From: Kevin Smith (
Date: Sat Oct 30 1999 - 13:50:39 EDT

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<DIV><FONT color=#000000 size=2>Dear friends</FONT></DIV>
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<DIV><FONT color=#000000 size=2>RE: EPIFANEIAN THS DOCHS (Titus
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<DIV><FONT color=#000000 size=2>I'm having some trouble distinguishing between
subjective and objective genitives. I learned most of my grammar from Wallace
(GGBB, 1996). He recommends that when one suspects one of these categories, the
key to identification is to turn the head noun into a verb and turn the genitive
into its subject or object. Furthermore, when describing the objective genitive
Wallace explains that &quot;an objective genitive can only occur with verbal
nouns which imply a transitive verb&quot; (p. 117). </FONT></DIV>
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<DIV><FONT color=#000000 size=2>Yet Gordon Fee, in his commentary on the
Pastorals, regards the above example as an objective genitive, explaining that
it gives &quot;the 'what' of the manifestation.&quot; </FONT></DIV>
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<DIV><FONT size=2>However, EPIFANEIAN THS DOXHS seems to convert naturally into
&quot;the glory appears,&quot; hence a subjective genitive. The verbal idea in
EPIFANEIAN seems to be intransitive, which would mean the construction could not
be an objective genitive.</FONT></DIV>
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<DIV><FONT size=2>Since I have great respect for Fee, I suspect I'm missing
something here. Could someone please tell me what it is, that is, why EPIFANEIAN
THS DOXHS is objective and not subjective?</FONT></DIV>
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<DIV><FONT size=2>Thanks</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Kevin Smith</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2>Port Elizabeth</FONT></DIV>
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