Luke 3:18 Syntax

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at
Thu Oct 8 19:12:33 EDT 1998

At 3:39 PM -0500 10/8/98, G. Ross wrote:
>I would appreciate it if someone would be kind enough to explain to me the
>syntax of Luke 3:18.
>I am currently reviewing the form and use of present (continuous)
>participles as presented in chapter 27 of Mounce's _Basics of Biblical
>Greek_.  The verse given above is part of a translation exercise in the
>workbook that accompanies Mounce's BBG.
>What puzzles me is the use of the middle voice of EUANGGELIZW.  Do POLLA
>and hETERA function as the grammatical subjects of EUHGGELIZETO (neuter
>compound subject with a verb in the singular) and consequently TON LAON as
>the direct object of PARAKALWN?

Luke regularly uses the verb as EUAGGELIZOMAI--only in the middle voice.
POLLA and hETERA are best understood, I'd say, as objects of PARAKALWN (or
some might say that they are "adverbial" accusatives with PARAKALWN). They
are definitely NOT the subject of EUHGGELIZETO. Read the sentence, I'd say:
"So offering also many other exhortations, he evangelized the people."
Carl W. Conrad
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