[B-Greek] SE in Mark 1:24

Paul Wendland wendlanp at wls.wels.net
Mon Feb 3 09:45:36 EST 2003

Barry, Carl, Michael, et al.:

>Yes, Smyth '2668 is the wrong reference, although it does cite the
>construction in question and note that OIDA SE hOS EI and OUK OIDA SE
>hOSTIS EI are the standard patterns--which is the primary point I was
>referring to. I would still maintain that the interrogative word TIS,
>although first in its clause as interrogative words most commonly are, is a
>predicate nominative rather than the subject; perhaps that would be more
>obvious if it were "I know WHAT you are" than as "I know WHO you are."

In support of this same thought, I would also see it as an example of
prolepsis which B/D [para. 476, p. 252] defines as "the anticipation of the
subject (object) of the subordinate clause by making it the object of the
main clause," citing Mk 11:32 and 7:2 as other examples (although the last
is with AUTON as the object of a ptcp in the main clause).  It is common
enough that in the olden days when the KJV was still around in memory, we
learned it as the "I see thee who thou art" contruction.  It's point is that
it lends emphasis to the subject (object) in the subordinate clause by
frontshifting it in that way.

Paul O. Wendland
Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary
wendlanp at wls.wels.net

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