[b-greek] Re: Question About 1st Declension Nouns

From: Mark Wilson (emory2oo2@hotmail.com)
Date: Wed Nov 14 2001 - 15:10:50 EST



You wrote:

So the rule I quoted above makes
>me expect the genitive to be THS MACAIPAS. My first reaction was perhaps
>this was a misprint in the lexicon, but I found Luke 21:24 and 22:49, and
>Acts 12:2, which agree with the lexicon.

I think you expected THS MACAIRHS, but were surprised
to find MACAIRAS, right?. P would be for Pi, R for Rho,
A for Alpha, and H for Eta.

Luke 22:49 and Acts 12:2 are not genitives, but datives. But the
Luke 21:24 is MACAIRAS in the TR, MACAIRHS in the CT.
I am guessing that -AS would be an alternate way of the genitive singular.
Perhaps the "rule" is true generally, yet not without
variation... something fairly typical of "rules" in any language.

Especially the KOINH that grabbed from several dialects to
form one dialect. (Maybe one of the dialects used -AS, and
Attic used -HS, so exceptions are probably not exceptions at
all but simply the result of those who were use to -AS just
kept on using it.)

My thoughts,

Mark Wilson

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