[b-greek] Smart's rule and John 20:28

From: Dan Parker (stoixein@SDF.lonestar.org)
Date: Sun Oct 22 2000 - 18:26:13 EDT


I have recently been informed of the following rule of Koine Greek which
has been called "Smart's rule":

"In native KOINE Greek when the copulative KAI connects two titles of
personal description [viz. singular nouns, plural nouns, article noun kai
noun constructions (e.g. 1Th 3:11) or compound proper name (e.g. 2Th
2:16) which are both either articular or anarthrous] and a personal
pronoun in the genitive case modifies the first of the said titles, and is
repeated with respect to the second title, there are always two persons
(e.g. Jn 20:28; 1Th 3:11; 2Th 2:16;1Ti 1:1) or groups of persons (e.g. Mt
12:49; Mk 3:33-34) in view."

I have not found any exceptions to this rule. Could it be a valid
enhancement to Sharp's rule?

Dan Parker

Dan Parker stoixein@sdf.lonestar.org

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