[B-Greek] Matthew 3:17 No predicate?

Carl Conrad 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  
> ευδοκησα
> 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?

Where?

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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