[b-greek] Genitive chain in 1 John 1:1

From: Bret A. Hicks (bret@viafamily.com)
Date: Fri Feb 15 2002 - 13:36:25 EST

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<DIV><FONT size=2><FONT face=Arial>I have been studying 1 John 1:1 and have a
question about the phrase PERI TOU LOGOU THS ZWHS.&nbsp; In particular am I
interested in the relationship of THS ZWHS to TOU LOGOU.&nbsp; It seems that it
could be understood as epexegetical ("concerning the word which is life") or
adjectivally ("concerning the living word") or objectivally ("concerning the
word about life").</FONT></FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2><FONT face=Arial></FONT></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT size=2><FONT face=Arial>It seems that all of these are possible, but
is one preferable, or more common, based on the syntax?&nbsp; In particular,
does it make any difference that both TOU LOGOU and THS ZWHS are genitive.&nbsp;
Wallace (page 87) states that "normally in genitive chains (a.k.a concatenative
genitives) each succesive genitive modifies the one that precedes it."&nbsp;
Does this mean that the ajectival use is the "most normal" in a genitive
chain.&nbsp; Even if this is the case, since&nbsp;PERI takes a
genitive,&nbsp;does this apply in this situation?&nbsp;&nbsp;Do "genitive
chains" have a normal way to be read, or does context have to drive this
determination?&nbsp; Any help would be appreciated.</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Bret A. Hicks</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Pastor, Bay Ridge Christian Chruch</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Annapolis,
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