[B-Greek] LXX, Dt. 4:10 punctuation & syntax

Steven Lo Vullo slovullo at mac.com
Thu Feb 6 02:06:58 EST 2003

On Wednesday, February 5, 2003, at 11:50 PM, Albert Pietersma wrote:

> Dear Rodney,
> I am not convinced that either the syntax or the punctuation of v. 10 
> is awkward. The key to the
> seeming puzzle lies in the verb SUMBIBAZW, which inter alia can mean 
> 'to instruct' and as such,
> like DIDASKW, takes a double accusative, neither one of which is 
> adverbial (contra Wevers). In
> terms of sentence typology  it forms a S(ubject)V(erb)O([direct] 
> object)O([direct] object)
> sentence, like DIDASKW (e.g. DIDASKEI TOUS IOUDAIOUS POLLA---he 
> teaches the Jews many things). In
> Deut 4.10 hHMERAN plays the role of POLLA in the preceding example and 
> IOUDAIOUS.  Thus both TOUS UIOUS and hHMERAN are direct objects of the 
> verb----however one may
> construe that in English translation. Personally I would gloss vv. 
> 9c-10a as:
> "and you shall instruct your sons and your sons' sons about the day on 
> which you stood before the
> Lord your God at Choreb." Or if one wants to reflect the grammatical 
> construction of the Greek
> more closely: ". . . you shall teach your sons the day . . . ."

Al, that was exactly my take on it as well.
Steven R. Lo Vullo
Madison, WI

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