From: Dan Parker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Nov 22 2000 - 15:02:28 EST
> Greetings. My query concerns word order in John 9 - the position of genitive
> personal pronouns. The first example is in Jn. 9:6: KAI EPECRISEN AUTOU TON
> PHLON EPI TOUS OFQALMOUS... The genitive personal pronoun precedes rather
> than follows the word it modifies by possession. This pattern then recurs in
> the chapter in verses 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 21, 26, and 30. The construction
> modified by possession is always either EPI TOUS OFQALMOUS or TOUS OFQALMOUS.
> So what's going on here? Why does the genitive personal pronoun precede
> OFQALMOS in John 9 so consistently? Does this particular word order tend to
> emphasize the pronoun or the word "eyes"?
> Don Larsen
> West Hartford, CT
The possessive pronoun is fronted for emphasis or contrast, see quote
from Winer page 155 below:
The Gen. of the pronoun is designedly put before the substantive,
a. for emphasis, Eph. ii. 10 ... b. for the sake of contrast, 
Cor. ix. 11 ... c. when the Gen. belongs to two nouns,  John xi. 48
... Acts xxi. 11; Luke 12:35; Rev. ii. 19; 2Co viii. 4; 2Tim. iii. 10;
Ti i. 15; 1 Thess. i. 3; ii19 (D.S. 11,16).
 hO PATHR MOU and hO hUIOS MOU hO AGAPHTOS is the usual
order even in the N.T...
 When this arrangement is not adopted, the pronoun must, for
perspicuity, be repeated, Acts iv. 28 ... , etc. Matt. xii. 47;
from the Sept., Lue xviii. 20; Acts ii. 17.[Winer, 155]
This also happens with Smart's constructions as in:
NAB John 6:54 "He who eats My flesh [MOU THN SARKA] and drinks
My blood [MOU TO hAIMA] has eternal life ...
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