Luke 1:2

Mark Goodacre M.S.GOODACRE at
Tue Jan 5 12:36:04 EST 1999

On  5 Jan 99 at 11:12, James P. Ware wrote:

> I sent this inquiry just before Christmas, but didn't get any replies,
> either because everyone found the question entirely uninteresting, or
> because they missed it due to the holiday.  I thought I would send it
> again and find out which!

I was one who saw it but didn't have time to reply.  I would be interested to 
see what people think of it.
> On Wed, 23 Dec 1998, James P. Ware wrote:
>> So I will state a
> > tentative hypothesis as a basis for discussion: when a genitive precedes
> > or follows a group or two or more nouns, whether connnected by KAI or
> > anrthrous, the genitive modifies BOTH nouns; therefore TOU LOGOU in Luke
> > 1:2 modifies both nouns--they are both servants of the word and
> > eyewitnesses of the word (Word?).  Can anyone share evidence for or
> > against this hypothesis?

One piece that comes to mind is Matthew's use of hOI ARXIEREIS KAI 
hOI PRESBUTEROI TOU LAOU (21.23, 26.3, 26.47, 27.1).  I have always tended to 
think of this as chief priests (one group) plus elders of the people (another 
group) and not chief priests (of the people) & elders (of the people).  But I 
don't know that I can think of any good reason for this.  After all, 
PRESBUTEROI can stand without qualification in the same way that ARXIEREIS can, 
so perhaps we should take TOU LAOU is qualifying both in the above mentioned 
places too?

Dr Mark Goodacre     mailto:M.S.Goodacre at
  Dept of Theology, University of Birmingham
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