Acts 19:4 word order

clayton stirling bartholomew c.s.bartholomew at
Thu Jul 22 14:16:51 EDT 1999

Acts 19:4 brought me up short, particularly the second half of the 
verse. Apparently I am not alone here, since the commentators are not in
agreement about how this ought to be unscrambled.

On issue which intrigued me is where to connect (syntactically):


Barrett (Acts:ICC) makes it limit the verb PISTEUSWOSIN. This makes a
nice smooth reading in English but the position of hINA makes me
skeptical of this solution.

Barrett's English translation: ". . . telling the people that they
should believe in the one who was coming after him . . ."

Fitzmyer (Acts:AB) makes it limit LEGWN.

Fitzmyer's English translation: "he used to tell the people about the
one who would come after him"

My question is about Barrett's solution. Is it feasible, given the
position of hINA?

Clayton Stirling Bartholomew
Three Tree Point
P.O. Box 255 Seahurst WA 98062

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