From: Moon-Ryul Jung (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Mar 27 2002 - 09:39:36 EST
> >From: "Jack Stewart" <email@example.com>
> >Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2002 07:46:27 +0000
> >Dear All,
> >I am having a little trouble attempting to understand a small point
> >regarding the syntax of Romans 5:15. In the second half of the verse there
> >appears the article TH (sg.dat.fem.) after (I think) the noun to which it
> >belongs. Is there a reason for this, or does the article indicate
> >else altogether?
> >Many thanks!
> >Jack Stewart
> hH DWREA EN CARITI THi TOU hENOS ANQRWPOU IHSOU CRISTOU
> Hi Jack.
> In this case, THi is not an article but a relative pronoun (sometimes known
> as a "postpostive article.) The two are distinct in form for sg.nom.mas (hO
> for the article, hOS for the relative pronoun), but are indistinguishable in
> form for fem.
I could not resist looking up the paradigm tables. But my suspicision was
right. The sg.dat.fem of the relative prounoun is hHi, not THi.
Do I miss something here?
> Hence, I would translate Romans 5:15 ". . . grace *which* [is] of one man,
> Jesus Christ."
Yes, I agree with you. THi in this case is best described as a relative
prounoun in front of a verbless sentence. So, we have a "major relative
pronoun" and a "minor relative pronoun". The minor relative pronoun
has the same form as the article. I know that this is not a traditional
analysis of the phrase. But to me, it makes much more sense to me and
than the traditional one. This analysis is what Iver argued for in this
and I accept it.
Moon R. Jung
> An instance of both the "prepositive" article and the "postpositive"
> relative pronoun in the same context is 2 Tim. 2:1 --
> EN THi CARITI THi EN CRISTWi IHSOU
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