[B-Greek] him which is, and which was, and which is to come
Harold R. Holmyard III
hholmyard at ont.com
Mon Nov 21 14:11:28 EST 2005
Dear Carl and Webb,
I apologize. I did forget about the nominative disagreement with APO.
>Now the question is whether the author of Revelation consciously and
>deliberately violated rules of Greek grammar that he well understood
>when he wrote APO hO WN KAI hO HN KAI hO ERCOMENOS. I do think that
>he wrote this phrase deliberately in this manner; I think he probably
>was aware that it wasn't grammatically "approved." But it is
>intellgible and forceful in its rhetorical expression. Actually the
>usage of ERCOMENOS as a FUTURE participle is questionable too as
>Greek idiom, but I would guess this is governed by the expression in
>OT eschatological texts using Hebrew HaBBa or the like.
>The nearest thing I'm aware of in extra-Biblical Greek literature
>that is like this is from Hesiod's Theogony 36-38 where the Muses are
> ... MOUSAWN ARCWMEQA, TAI DII PATRI
> hUMNEUSAI TERPOUSI MEGAN NOON ENTOS OLUMPOU,
> EIROUSAI TA T' EONTA TA T' ESSOMENA PRO T' EONTA.
> "Let us take our start from the Muses, who singing to Zeus the father
> give pleasure to his mighty insight within Olympus,
> singing the things that are and the things that will be
> and those that were before."
HH: Thanks, Carl. It was nice of you to write out the quotation. I am
not a Greek scholar, but it strikes me as though some words are
either left out or understood towards the end of the last line above.
Wouldn't it be good if there were something like a KAI TA before PRO?
>Carl W. Conrad
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