[B-Greek] 1 Pt 4.2

George F Somsel gfsomsel at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 17 09:29:27 EDT 2007


What we have here is the preposition EIS with the acc of the articular inf indicating purpose.  This is expressed both negatively and positively

EIS TO MHKETI ANQRWPWN EPIQUMIAIS  ALLA QELHMATI QEOU 
TON EPILOIPON EN SARKI BIWSAI CRONON 

A. T. Robertson notes regarding the separation of the preposition from the article that it is not necessary that the article follow immediately upon the preposition.  

It is not necessary for the article to come next to the inf. as in Mt. 13:25. Several words may intervene and the clause may be one of considerable extent. Cf. Mk. 5:4; Ac. 8:11; Heb. 11:3; 1 Pet. 4:2. But the N. T. does not have such extended clauses of this nature as the ancient Greek, and the adverbs usually follow the inf. The English “split inf.” is not quite parallel. 

Robertson, A. (1919; 2006). A Grammar of the Greek New Testament in the Light of Historical Research (1070). 

This is qualified both negatively and positively 

1. MHKETI ANQRWPWN EPIQUMIAIS -- ALLA
2. QELHMATI QEOU
 
george
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----- Original Message ----
From: Mitch Larramore <mitchlarramore at yahoo.com>
To: B Greek <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, September 17, 2007 7:38:49 AM
Subject: [B-Greek] 1 Pt 4.2


This question deals with word order:

EIS TO MHKETI ANQRWPWN EPIQUMIAIS ALLA QELHMATI QEOU
TON EPILOIPON EN SARKI BIWSAI CRONON 

I realize Greeks have flexibility in word order, but
I'm assuming even then there is some reason for the
order. Does EIS TO go with BIWSAI? And if so, why is
BIWSAI between SARKI and CRONON? I can't make sense
out of it reading it in English.

Mitch Larramore
Sugar Land, Texas


       
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