[b-greek] Re: Luke 5:7

From: Carl W. Conrad (cwconrad@artsci.wustl.edu)
Date: Tue Jun 19 2001 - 14:34:06 EDT

At 9:18 AM -0700 6/19/01, Kenneth Litwak wrote:
>Thanks Carl and others for your reply. I'm sorry
>about the typo. I got one response off-list
>suggesting that ELQONTAS was simply the accusative
>subject of the infinitive. All the other responses
>see it as circumstantial or the like, and I wouldn't
>expect to see the accusative subject between the
>article and infinitive. . Could this be construed
>that way, as the accusative subject? Since it is
>describing what Simon signalled, as opposed ot what
>JOhn and James did, I wouldn't think so. Thanks.

I wouldn't call ELQONTAS the acc. subject of the infinitive but rather a
circumstantial participle governing the IMPLICIT subject accusative of the
infinitive (if it were expresed, it would presumably be AUTOUS--but one of
the most awkward features of Hellenistic Greek is the number of
free-floating forms of AUTOS/H/ON for which one must sometimes make pure
stabs in the dark to be sure what the antecedent is--although that's not
really a problem here).


Carl W. Conrad
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