Jim Beale beale at
Sat Jan 16 13:50:07 EST 1999

At 6:15 AM -0600 1/16/99, Carl W. Conrad wrote:

>I think, if I've understood the sense of the Greek rightly, that hEAUTOIS
>would have been the more classical formulation and also clearer than EIS
>hEAUTOUS, which may reflect a Semitism. Certainly in terms of traditional
>grammatical constructions, if EIS hEAUTOUS were meant to construe
>attributively with THN BOULHN it should have another article (THN EIS
>hEAUTOUS BOULHN)--but surely the phrase must construe adverbially with
>HQETHSAN: they rejected it as something not applying to or obligating

Hi Carl,

Doesn't EIS + accusative function as a pure dative here?  
It seems to me that it does.  Robertson and BDF both 
classify it as such.  A dative of reference would seem
to be equivalent to your construction, wouldn't it?  Or
perhaps a dative of (dis)advantage would show greater
personal interest.


   A mystery is a problem which encroaches upon its own data, 
   invading them, as it were, and thereby transcending itself as 
   a simple problem. (Gabriel Marcel, On the Ontological Mystery)

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