From: Dan Parker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Mar 16 2001 - 21:32:31 EST
> >From: "Dan Parker" <email@example.com>
> >Reply-To: "Dan Parker" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> >To: Biblical Greek <email@example.com>
> >CC: firstname.lastname@example.org
> >Subject: [b-greek] Re: EGW EIMI in Isaiah 47:8,10
> >Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2001 00:55:05 +0000 (GMT)
> > > >Brian,
> > > >I would be interested in understanding why the writer of Isaiah would
> > > >consider that the use of the first person pronoun "ani" would be
> > > >recognized as related to the Hebrew verb "eheyeh" either on or off
> > > >
> > > >Sincerely,
> > > >Dan Parker
> > >
> > > Are there any other instances in the LXX or Classical Greek in which EGW
> > > EIMI, SU EI, AUTOS ESTIN or HMEIS ESMEN occur without a complement? I
> > > have much chance to use TLG and besides I don't think it allows for
> > > to include "without a complement."
> > >
> > > My hunch is that AUTOS ESTIN without a complement would, in theory, be
> > > equivalent to YHVH.
> > >
> > > John C. Wilking
> >Consider the use of EGW EIMI at John 9:9. There is no complement but it
> >does not seem that anyone thought the blind man was calling himself YHVH.
> >Dan Parker
> I think EGW EIMI in John 9:9 is an example of an incomplete sentence with an
> implied complement.
> OUC OUTOS ESTIN O KAQHMENOS KAI PROSAITWN;
> OUTOS ESTIN (O KAQHMENOS KAI PROSAITWN)...
> EGW EIMI (O KAQHMENOS KAI PROSAITWN).
> John C. Wilking
Well, certainly I agree with that!
BDAG, page 283 2a under EIMI says that the constructions of both
EGW EIMI and ani hu function just like you have described John 9:9
"--To establish identity the formula EGW EIMI is oft. used in
the gospels (corresp. to Hebr. ani hu Dt 32:39; Is 43:10), in
such a such a way that the predicate must be understood from
the context: Mt 14:27; Mk 6:50; 13:6; 14:62; Lk 22:70; J 4:26;
6:20; 8:24,28; 13:19; 185f..."
I suppose if there were a group who considered the blind man to be
God because of his use of EGW EIMI they might not find this lexical
information convincing, but that would be a topic for a list that is
intended for the discussion of theology and not grammar.
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