From: clayton stirling bartholomew (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Nov 22 2000 - 17:37:30 EST
on 11/22/00 11:35 AM, Larsendon@aol.com wrote:
> 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.
Here is some text critical information you might like to contemplate. While
it will not answer your syntax question directly, it does give you material
for speculating about what the scribes might have been thinking about this
The reading adopted in NA27 is found in
p66 p75(c) Aleph B (some others) which read:
AUTOU TON PHLON EPI TOUS OFQALMOUS
AUTOV TON PHLON EPI TOUS OFQALMOUS
A 1071 read:
AUTOU TON PHLON EPI TOUS OFQALMOUS TOU TUFLOU
Maj K M U W Delta Lamba f13 (some others) read:
TON PHLON EPI TOUS OFQALMOUS TOU TUFLOU
AUTWi TON PHLON EPI TOUS OFQALMOUS AUTOU
Note that NA27 is somewhat misleading on this since it reports the readings
in D and Maj at the end of the verse but does not report the change or
omission of AUTOU before TON PHLON. This leads the unsuspecting reader to
conclude that the reading in the Maj text and D are nonsense readings which
they are not.
H.A.W Meyer (John page 298) has some comments on this textual issue. He
points out that the reading in A is essentially a nonsense reading since it
adds TOU TUFLOU at the end without omitting AUTOU before TON PHLON.
NA27 leaves us assuming that Maj, D and others contain nonsense readings.
What is the moral of this story? Get yourself a set of Ruben Swanson.
Clayton Stirling Bartholomew
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