Luke 1:63

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at
Wed Jul 28 12:33:58 EDT 1999

At 10:30 AM -0500 7/28/99, Ray Clendenen wrote:
>Ray Clendenen at BSSBNOTES
>07/28/99 10:30 AM
>On what basis would one determine whether in Luke 1:63 it is better to
>translate "His name is John" or "John is his name"?

Since it is a "noun sentence," it doesn't really make much difference which
you make the subject and which the predicate noun, but the most common
Greek word-order is predicate word/EINAI/subject; here, of course, there's
no article to help make the determination, but I think the real subject has
to be ONOMA AUTOU and that IWANNHS is the predicate word.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University
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