[B-Greek] EN with Genitive?
George F Somsel
gfsomsel at juno.com
Wed Aug 17 06:22:00 EDT 2005
On Tue, 16 Aug 2005 22:41:21 -0700 Elizabeth Kline
<kline-dekooning at earthlink.net> writes:
> Speaking of Attic, I think this is a quote from Euripides,
> EGW D', EN ANDROS EUSEBESTATOU TRAFEIS
> CEIRWNOS, EMAQON TOUS TROPOUS hAPLOUS ECEIN.
> EN looks a little odd here. ANDROS EUSEBESTATOU CEIRWNOS should be
> the dative since it looks like it defines the agent of TRAFEIS.
> Perhaps there something missing, EN might be local without an
> Elizabeth Kline
Iphgenia in Aulis, 926-27
EGW D' EN ANDROS EUSEBESTATOU TRAFEIS
XEIRWNOS, EMAQON TOUS TROPOUS hAPLOUS EXEIN.
Of course, the entire phrase beginning with EUSEBESTATOU through XEIRWNOS
is in the genitive. I think what is confusing you is that there seems to
be an understood THi OIKIAi (the house). To bring the subject back to
Biblical Greek, I was hoping that Lk 4.38 // Mk 1.29 might exhibit this;
but OIKIAN (not OIKIWi) does appear there explicitly and the preposition
is EIS (which accounts for the case). It's rather difficult to search
for something that isn't there (an understood word) so about the only
alternative is to search for the phrase in English then see if the word
is present in the Greek. Perhaps it might be somewhat similar to the use
of the genitive of the parent's name as a patronymic -- cf. Mt 4.21.
KAI PROBAS EKEIQEN EIDEN ALLOUS DUO ADELFOUS, IAKWBON ** TON TOU
ZEBEDAIOU ** KAI IWANNHN TON ADELFON AUTOU, EN TWi PLOIWi META ***
ZEBEDAIOU TOU PATROS AUTWN *** KATARTIZONTAS TA DIKTUA AUTWN, KAI
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