Date: Sat Nov 06 1999 - 17:50:51 EST
Date: Sat, 6 Nov 1999 10:25:21 EST
Subject: Re: Granville Sharp
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In a message dated 11/6/99 4:44:08 AM Pacific Standard Time,
<< Is anyone on the list familiar with the Granville Sharp construction?
(article + substantive + KAI + substantive)
Substantives must agree.
Example: TOUS...POIMENAS KAI DIDASKALOUS, "the shepherds, that is, teachers"
Shepherds and teachers are referring to the same group, with "teachers"
being a further description of "shepherds".
This is a rule of construction that I have been taught in Seminary. What
think ye? Is it legitimate? The rule is much more involved than what I have
stated, but this is the basis of it. >>
When you write the rule as (article + substantive + KAI + substantive) you
have essentially captured what is accepted as Sharp's rule. However, there
are a number of exceptions to even this form, primarily as it relates to the
semantics of the substantives involved.
As for your example from Ephesians 4:11, because it uses plural nouns it
would not be considered a genuine example of Sharp's rule, and is thus
capable of referring to either two groups, or one.
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