TOU TOU in 1 Clement
Gary S. Shogren
gshogren at sol.racsa.co.cr
Tue Jan 26 08:12:26 EST 1999
Rick Duggin Wrote: To the Corinthians (XII) First Clement writes
the spies of Joshua the son of Nun --
EKPEMFQENTWN GAR UPO IHSOU TOU TOU NAUH
KATASKOPWN EIS THN IERICW...
But none of the references in LXX have TOU TOU.
It is not unusual for the N.T. to have double articles, but
in different cases. E.g., Mk.3:18, IAKWBON TON TOU
ALFAIOU, but I have never encountered TOU TOU before.
Gary: This looks to me to be just a simple "genitive of relationship",
which omits the name of the identifying male relative (usu father, could be
brother or other association). Usually it's with ACC-GEN, but because of
the UPO it's GEN-GEN. I'd say there's no oddity grammatically, although I
wonder if it was a transgresson of euphonics to say TOU-TOU? A concern that
didn't cause Clement of Rome to lose sleep?
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