[B-Greek] John 4:7 DOS MOI PEIN

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Wed Jul 25 21:39:09 EDT 2007

On Jul 25, 2007, at 9:33 PM, Delbert Flora wrote:

> Gospel of John 4:7...LEGEI AUTHi hO IHSOUS, DOS MOI PEIN.
> I’m trying to understand Infinitives, and would like for anyone to  
> explain to me the syntax of DOS MOI PEIN. I understand that MOI is  
> an unusual instance of a Dative used as ‘subject’ of an Infinitive.  
> In what sense is MOI acting as the subject of PEIN?

I would understand this as an ellipsis DOS is imperative, there's an  
implicit object TI ('something') and PEIN  is an epexegetic or  
explanatory infinitive: "Give me something to drink" = "Give me  
something for drinking." I would not, in any case, ever try to  
explain MOI as subject of PEIN.

Carl W. Conrad

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