[B-Greek] (2nd) Aorist Infinitive of ERCOMAI (ἔρχομαι)
cwconrad2 at mac.com
Mon Oct 27 05:27:00 EDT 2008
On Oct 27, 2008, at 12:31 AM, Murray Hogg wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> Sometimes solutions to problems seem so simple one is SURE the
> problem has been misunderstood and this is one of those times!
> Unfortunately, I can't find the answer to my question in a lexicon,
> so I was hoping some kind soul would look over the following and let
> me know if my reasoning is sound.
> Basically, I've been puzzling over the morphology of EXELQEIN
> (ἐξελθεῖν) from John 1:43 and it seems obvious that the
> word is built on the Second Aorist stem of ERCOMAI - which stem
> would be ELQ- (right?)
> So the Second Aorist Indicative (with augment) is E + ELQ + ON
> While the Second Aorist Infinitive (no augment) is ELQ+EIN
> As I say, this seems so simple that I'm perplexed!
> Any feedback on the validity of the above would be greatly
This is all quite right and unproblematic. There is not a thing in the
world mysterious about your extrapolations. Of course the aorist stem
and root ELQ is from a verb that wasn't originally related to the stem
and root of ERCOMAI.
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)
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