[B-Greek] Matthew 3:17 No predicate?
cwconrad2 at mac.com
Thu Apr 29 05:58:28 EDT 2010
On Apr 29, 2010, at 3:12 AM, Joshua Robinson <hoshi411> wrote:
> Matthew 3:17
> ουτος εστιν ο υιος μου ο αγαπητος εν ω
> hOUTOS ESTIN hO hUIOS MOU hO AGAPHTOTOS EN hW EUDOKHSA
> why doesn't it say
> hOUTOS ESTIN TON hUION MOU TON AGAPHTOTON EN hW EUDOKHSA
> As it is there is no predicate in this sentence, or that the predicate
> is an adverbial phrase.
> It is as if it should be translated:
> "This Son of-mine the dear-one is with whom I-am-pleased"
> I have seen ESTIN used with accusative nouns before, so what is the
> deal here?
The simple reason is that this is an equative sentence:
hO hUIOS MOU hO AGAPHTOTOS and hOUTOS are equated as subject and predicate nominative.
There is nothing questionable in the grammatical structure of Mt 3:17.
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)
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