[b-greek] John 20:28 - Smart's less contrived than Sharp's

From: Dan Parker (stoixein@sdf.lonestar.org)
Date: Fri Feb 02 2001 - 15:53:32 EST

> Dan Parker:
> Regarding this...
> Single possessive pronoun - both substantives arthrous
> (12)
> (Mk 6:21; 10:7,19; 16:7; Lk 2:23; 14:26; 18:20;
> Jn 11:5; Eph 6:2; Ac 7:14; 10:24; Re 11:18)
> This would be the closest category, of all those you
> listed, that might parallel the John 20 passage.
> However not one of these parallel it (Is Lk 2:23 a
> typo??). I think you would want to dismiss all plurals
> and those personal descriptions that are not lexically
> related (as Iver said, mother and father are different
> on a lexical basis alone, regardless of there
> grammatical construct).

The use of _English_ to interpret _Greek_ syntax is not a method employed
by any reputable KOINE scholar, to my knowledge.

The fact that Smart's rule has less artificially imposed exceptions
that does, say for example, Sharp's rule makes it a better rule, not
an inferior one. For example:

        1) Sharps excludes plural nouns, Smarts does not.
        2) Sharps excludes quasi proper names, Smarts does not.
        3) Smarts works with both articular nouns and anarthrous nouns.

> If it were not for the plural, I would not dispute
> Acts 10:24 as a possible reference to the same group.
> But again, plurals are also dismissed from other
> rules, such as Granville's.

The rule as first proposed by Granville Sharp did not exclude plurals.
However, Sharp's revisionists have added exclusions to Sharp's original
rule to appear to make in an iron-clad fact. Since modern Sharp's
revisionists have changed the rule so substantially to fit their needs
I wonder why they still continue to call it Sharp's rule.

> Also, I would seek to find oodles of extra-biblical
> examples before presenting a grammatical construct as
> a rule.

> =====
> Sincerely,
> Alan B. Thomas

According to Daniel Wallace there are at least 6 contradictions to
Sharp's rule in extra-biblical Greek. There have been no contradictions
to Smarts rule in the profane Greek to date.

All it takes is one exception to disprove a rule. Maybe you would like
to find one?

Dan Parker

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