By Ronald D. Peters
Within the Greek Article, Ronald D. Peters provides a grammar of the Greek article and relative pronoun, classified as ὁ-items, which was once formulated utilizing the foundations of Systemic-Functional Linguistics. This categorization stands unlike prior grammars, that have categorically linked the item with the demonstrative pronoun. therefore, the current paintings represents an important paradigm shift within the learn of the Greek article.
Unlike prior ways that experience too usually yielded internally inconsistent and contradictory principles of utilization, this procedure ends up in an outline of the article’s functionality that's uniform throughout all occurrences. at the same time uncomplicated and powerful, this grammar grants to pay major dividends for exegetes and translators of the Greek New testomony.
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141 Though Wallace asserts, “I use linguistics,” it is not at all evident that his methodol ogy is driven by modern linguistic theory, Wallace, Greek Grammar, xviii. historical overview 37 fact be used in the following grammar as the defining characteristic of the article’s function. While his grammar reflects advances in the grammar of the article, Wallace’s treatment suffers from several weaknesses, many of which stem from a single systemic source: they are based on English language categories.
Robertson, A Grammar of the Greek New Testament (1914) For his categorization of the Greek article, Robertson takes his cue from Kühner and Blass, quoting them directly: “Ὁ, ἡ, τὸ. ”84 Here his dependence upon German language Greek grammars is clearly evident. 86 Like his predecessors and contemporaries, Robertson employs a diachronic approach. He affirms the historical and categorical relationship between the article and the demonstrative. Though he categorizes the article as a demonstrative, Robertson makes it clear that it does not function as such: “The article, unlike the demonstrative, does not point out the object as far or near.
96 Regarding the article’s origin and development they write: The article was originally derived from the demonstrative pronoun ὁ, ἡ, τό, and is clearly akin to the relative pronoun ὅς, ἥ, ὅ. It always retained some of the demonstrative force. , P. Elph. 1:15). T. Robertson: A Short Grammar of the Greek New Testament (1908), and A Grammar of the Greek New Testament (1914). In the quotation above, they separate themselves from previous writers. While many (if not most) grammarians emphasize the demonstrative force of the article, the authors seem to take greater notice of its relationship to the relative pronoun.
The Greek Article: A Functional Grammar of ὁ-items in the Greek New Testament with Special Emphasis on the Greek Article by Ronald D. Peters