attributive genitive in Lk 16

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Mon Sep 17 08:25:38 EDT 2001


Lk 16.8a KAI EPHiNESEN O KURIOS TON OIKONOMON THS ADIKIAS

Lk 16.9b hEAUTOIS POIHSATE QILOUS EK TOU MAMWNA THS ADIKIAS

The genitive construction can be difficult at times, at least for me, to 
render a suitable  and confident interpretation. And this particular teaching 
is hard enough without the difficulty of understanding how to read the 
genitives and the prepositional phrase.

After some effort, with the help of Richard Young's Intermediate Grammar, I 
think that I have come to understand and to accept that the genitive is 
attributive and that the preposition expresses means. These interpretations 
seem to make the most sense given the immediate and general context. And they 
seem most consistent with the general sense of some different commentaries.

If the genitive is attributive then, why does the Greek use the genitive of 
attribution rather that using a simple adjective? If the genitive in this 
construction simply communicates an attribute of the manager and of wealth 
then the most clear construction would seem to be an adjective.

Is possible that an adjective would describe a quality that might be 
variable, such as blue car, a red car, describing a specific occurrence of a 
thing; and that the attributive genitive would describe a quality that is 
innate, even invariable, such as green grass, hard steel, describing a 
general characteristic common to all occurrences of a thing?

Or perhaps the attributive genitive is merely a stylistic option of Greek 
writers, perhaps it is a style preference of Luke?

The significance of my thinking is whether the attributive genitive intends 
to describe mammon which is by nature unrighteous or mammon that is in a 
particular circumstance unrighteous.

Or perhaps there is another way to interpret this genitive function.

And it is best to understand the preposition EK as expressing means.  This is 
how the NRSV translates?

Thanks,

Richard Smith
Chattanooga, TN

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