[B-Greek] AIWNION versus AIWNIAN for feminine

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Tue Jun 6 06:04:05 EDT 2006

LSJ indicates that the 3-termination form is attested in Plato and  
others, although it is rare. BDAG also indicates that the -IA  
adjectival form appears in several LXX texts. So it would appear that  
AIWNIOS is most generally a 2-termination adjective, but the feminine  
form, although rare, is not unattested. Certainly there are other  
deviations from a "standard" usage, particularly with words that may  
not be part of one's everyday vocabulary. I've marveled at the fact  
that AGALLIAOMAI, which is apparently middle in standard usage,  
appears 11x in the GNT: 2x active, 8x middle, 1x passive -- and  
without any evident distinction of meaning.

On Jun 6, 2006, at 4:48 AM, James Tauber wrote:

> The NT overwhelmingly seems to favour AIWNION as the feminine
> accusative singular of AIWNIOS.
> There are only two occasions in the NA/UBS text where the spelling
> AIWNIAN is used: 2Thess and Hebrews.
> Is there any historical or dialectal distinction outside the NT
> between the two forms?
> And any theories as to why, of all the Pauline corpus, only 2Thess
> uses the -AN form?
> (The phrase in 2Thess 2.16 is PARAKLHSIN AIWNIAN; in Hebrews 9.12
> James Tauber
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