From: Maurice A. O'Sullivan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Jun 18 2001 - 11:33:30 EDT
At 05:10 18/06/01, you wrote:
> I have some questions on the first half of Luke
>KAI KATENEUSAN TOIS METOCOS en TW hETERW PLOIW TOU
>ELONTAS SULLABESQAI AUTOIS
Would it help clear things up for you by pointing out a typo - METOCOIS is
So this dispenses with your contention that:
>1. The first TOIS construciton is
>clealry missing AUTWN or the like, and I'm wondering
>if the article alone is considered to do that job?
" and they signalled to those participating in the other boat to come and
help them "
All the information necessary to arrive at this translation is available in
signal by means of a nod TINI to someone.
sharing or participating in w. gen. of the pers. or thing
Again, BAGD notes:
take hold of together, then support, aid, help (Aeschyl.+) w. dat. of the
one to whom help is given
I think this answers your queries, except perhaps:
>2. TOU plus an infinitive is common, but what about
>the aorist participle between the two? I know the
>parti8ciple can be used as an imperative, but as part
>of a compound infinitive? Is it "to, afterhaving
>come, help" or "to come and help"?
Here you have an articular infinitive, with the subject in the accusative (
perfectly normal Greek construction, I should think? ) with, as Fitzmyer
points out, " a circumstantial participle to denote purpose ".
If you have access to "Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics " you will find a
section devoted to:
1. Adverbial (or Circumstantial): modifies the verb, answering the question
When? (temporal), How? (means, manner), Why? (purpose, cause), etc. (622–40)
and Wallace amplifies this with:
d. Cause: because (answers the question, Why?); indicates the cause or
reason or ground of the action of the finite verb; usually precedes its
Hope this clears things up.
Maurice A. O'Sullivan [ Bray, Ireland ]
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