Saturday, November 29, 2014
A Brief Syntactical Note on John 1:1c
Other considerations factor into the rendering of John 1:1c besides the omitted article for θεός. We also have a preverbal anarthrous predicate nominative in 1:1c along with the expression πρὸς τὸν θεὸν (1:1b). However, there is a different construction in John 13:3--there, we find ἀπὸ + the genitival form θεοῦ which suggests definiteness and in the latter part of 13:3, the accusatival τὸν θεὸν occurs (again indicating definiteness). So how we render a passage involves more than whether or not the Greek article is omitted; other syntactical and contextual factors must also be considered.