Luke 3:18 Syntax

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at
Fri Oct 9 08:05:14 EDT 1998

At 4:13 AM -0500 10/9/98, G. Ross wrote:
>Thank you!  I see from your explanation that it is possible for (some)
>verbs in the middle voice to be transitive.  I had thought, mistakenly,
>that such verbs were always intransitive.  The question of deponent vs.
>non-deponent comes to mind here, also.  From what you have said, I infer
>that Luke used EUAGGELIZOMAI in the same sense as another might use
>EUAGGELIZW, that is, as a deponent verb.  Now my question is Do
>non-deponent verbs in the middle voice take objects in the accusative case?

Yes.  The usage of EUAGGELIZOMAI does seem a bit extraordinary, since it
can take, as in this instance, an accusative of the group evangelized, but
often takes an accusative like LOGON and means more simply "preach."
Carl W. Conrad
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