[b-greek] Re: THEOTOKOS

From: Carl W. Conrad (cwconrad@artsci.wustl.edu)
Date: Tue Feb 12 2002 - 12:25:26 EST

At 11:12 AM -0600 2/12/02, Ed Garcia wrote:
>Please allow my question, it is not about a NT word. The word THEOTOKOS is
>typically applied to Mary but why does it end in _OS? Which I would
>understand to be a masculine ending. Please understand I am not trying to
>make any doctrinal statement but am only trying to decipher the person
>ending of this word. Any guidance given would be greatly appreciated. Thank

Technically this is an adjective that may be used as a substantive.
However, adjectives compounded of elements of this sort tend to be
"two-termination" in morphology, so that the masculine AND the feminine
forms of this are QEOTOKOS, the neuter QEOTOKON (in the nominative sg.,
that is).

Carl W. Conrad
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