Acts 20:20--Adverbial use of adjective

dan and rach dan_rach at ntlworld.com
Tue Jan 29 07:07:30 EST 2002


It's quite a common feature of classical greek, to use the dative of an
adjective as an adverb. DHMOSIA had virtually a technical term, meaning 'on
public business' or generally 'in the sphere of the DHMOS' as opposed to the
'OIKOS.' There is no need to posit an understood noun.

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DIDAXAI hUMAS DHMOSIAi KAI KAT' OIKOUS

DHMOSIAi is a feminine, dative, singular adjective that is regularly used
adverbially ("publicly, openly"). This seems a bit unusual to me. My
question is, is there a feminine, singular noun understood ("in public
______")?

Thanks.

Jim Crouch
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