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I have been working my way through the gospels by trying to translate the passage indicated by the common lectionary each week. Sometimes I puzzle over a particular construction all week long, and then all of a sudden, when I find an explanation some where, it becomes clear and I wonder how I missed it. This week my conundrum is in John, ch 10, vs 28: καὶ οὐχ ἁρπάσει τις αὐτὰ ἐκ τῆς χειρός μου. I am wondering why there is a singular verb and to whom it is refering ... who is doing the snatching.
Welcome to the list, Allan! As for your question, the quick answer is that the subject is the singular τις, "someone, anyone" which combines with the negative οὐχ to become "no one."
Stephen C. Carlson, Ph.D.
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