[B-Greek] Participles in 1 John

Mike Sangrey MSangrey at BlueFeltHat.org
Wed Apr 19 11:52:21 EDT 2006

On Wed, 2006-04-19 at 10:17 -0400, Carl W. Conrad wrote:
> On Apr 19, 2006, at 9:35 AM, Perry L. Stepp wrote:
> > Perhaps I've missed something in my haste, but I've just done a  
> > quick survey of all the participles in 1 John.
> >
> > Are ALL the participles in 1 John adjectival?  I didn't find a
> > circumstantial / adverbial participle in the bunch.
> This question certainly made me wonder whether it could be true. But  
> in fact the overwhelming majority of participles in 1 John are  
> substantival (e.g. hO PISTEUWN, TON AGAPWNTA, and the like). of the  
> 58 instances, I found only four about which one might ask further  
> questions; all of these are in the accusative and indicate a  
> predication about the direct object of the verb...

I don't want to yank the thread in a different direction, but this
brought up something I think might be related.

Would such a consistent use bear an indication that the author was
writing to an audience who read (or heard) Greek at a fairly low level?
If I would word this question for a modern audience, I would have asked,
"Does this indicate a low reading grade level?"

Mike Sangrey                               (msangrey AT BlueFeltHat.org)
Landisburg, Pa.
                        "The first one last wins."
            "A net of highly cohesive details reveals the truth."

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