[B-Greek] Mark 6:20

Pastor Mark Eddy markeddy at adams.net
Fri Jul 11 20:03:36 EDT 2003

Thank you for your quick response. I guess my real question is this: can AKOUW take both a genitive object
of the person and an accusative object in the same sentence? I have found plenty of examples of one or the
other, but I haven't been able to find both kinds of object for AKOUW in the same verse. Perhaps this is
because of what you suggest.
By the way, I was not quite correct in my original message. R.C.H. Lenski does seem to treat POLLA
adverbially (modifying AKOUSAS). It is the Expositor's Greek Testament that seems to treat POLLA as an
object for this participle.
Before I heard from Dr. Conrad I tentatively translated this sections as: "And after hearing him at
length, he was perplexed, and gladly kept hearing him."
Mark Eddy
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Carl W. Conrad" <cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu>

> At 2:07 PM -0500 7/10/03, Pastor Mark Eddy wrote:
> >Mark 6:20 ends with 3 clauses describing Herod's reaction to John the Baptizer:
> >My question is: with which clause does POLLA belong?
> >The Majority text takes it as the object of the following verb: POLLA EPOIEI
> >Most translations of the N-A text seem to take POLLA as an adverb,
> >modifying the following verb HPOREI.
> >But R.C.H. Lenski in his commentary takes POLLA as the object of the
> >participle AKOUSAS.
> >This last options makes most sense to me, but why don't any of the
> >translations take it that way?
> I think the reading of POLLA as adverbial with HPOREI is the only natural
> way to read the text as you've given it, which is to say, as the NA27 text
> prints it: AKOUW normally takes a genitive of the person, so that AUTOU is
> the object of AKOUSAS AUTOU and also the second AUTOU is the ojbect of
> hHDEWS AUTOU HKOUEN. You ought also to take into account the fact that
> AKOUSAS is aorist ptc and in its position surely carries the sense of
> antecedent circumstance, while the verbs that follow are in the imperfect:
> "After hearing him, he continued to be very much (POLLA) puzzled (about
> what to do) and he continued to hear him with pleasure. Even if that first
> POLLA were to be taken with AKOUSAS, it's not an object but an adverbial
> usage: "after hearing him a lot." I wouldn't say that's out of the question
> but I think the word-order favors taking that POLLA with HPOREI.
> -- 
> Carl W. Conrad
> Department of Classics, Washington University (Emeritus)
> 1989 Grindstaff Road/Burnsville, NC 28714/(828) 675-4243
> cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
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