[b-greek] Re: AUTOU in John 9:6

From: Carl W. Conrad (cwconrad@artsci.wustl.edu)
Date: Wed Nov 22 2000 - 17:43:41 EST

At 2:18 PM -0600 11/22/00, Steven Craig Miller wrote:
>To: Don Larsen,
><< 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
>A. T. Robertson writes:
><< It will not do to say that emphasis alone explains every unusual order
>of words in a Greek sentence. Take Jo. 9:6, for instance, EPEQHKEN AUTOU
>and is without particular emphasis >> (419-420).
>Of course, Robertson is working with a different variant reading.
>I wonder if AUTOU might not be better understood as the object of the verb?
>Literally, "he anointed (or "placed upon") him with clay upon the eyes." (I
>don't mean to suggest that this is a good English translation, only this is
>how one might "understand" the Greek.) Or am I mistaken here?

I would agree with this; that sort of separation from TOUS OFQALMOUS is
just too much for a possessive pronoun, but the genitive could be
understood well as a genitive of place with the compound verb EPICRIW.


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