[b-greek] Re: Luke 4:16-18a

From: Carl W. Conrad (cwconrad@artsci.wustl.edu)
Date: Mon Mar 05 2001 - 06:43:37 EST

At 9:38 PM -0800 3/4/01, Kenneth Litwak wrote:
> In Luke 4:16, we read
>I'm guessing this says something to the effect of
>"according to that which is customery for him>" I'm
>not usre how to maintain the participial force of
>EIWQHS (perf form with pres. meaning).

Yes, although the ptc. is spelled EIWQOS; already in Attic several neuter
pf. ptcs., including EIWQOS and (E)OIKOS were used as substantives and I'd
say that's what we have here.

>In 4:18 we read
>I haven't found anyone yet who translates (OU but
>EINEKEN which folows it so far as I can tell doesn't
>need a genitive rel. pronoun to complete its meaning.
>What's up? Thanks.

hENEKA OR hENEKEN was a postposition following a genitive; the combination
with hOU is so common that the two were often combined as hOUNEKA or
hOUNEKEN. Still, it's the combination of the two that yields the sense,
"because"; if you really wanted to translate the hOU,you'd make it "on
account of the fact that..." but that would be unnatural English; in
reality the meaning "because" resides in this very common combination.


Carl W. Conrad
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