Scott Lawson wrote:Hermas 188.8.131.52 (Book 3, 9th Similitude, Chapter 12, Verse 2):
"...ὁ μὲν υἱὸς τοῦ θεοῦ πάσης τῆς κτίσεως αὐτοῦ προγενέστερός ἐστιν, ὥστε σύμβουλον αὐτὸν γενέσθαι τῷ πατρὶ τῆς κτίσεως αὐτοῦ· διὰ τοῦτο καὶ παλαιὰ ἡ πέτρα..."
It seems to me that γενέσθαι is connected to αὐτὸν as an adverbial accusative. "The word in the accusative answers the question, “to what does the verb relate?” A special use of the adverbial accusative is to express the subject of an infinitive." Compare Acts 1:3 μετὰ τὸ παθεῖν αὐτον. See It’s Still Greek to Me by David Alan Black pg 55. See also BDAG for how ὥστε works with the infinitive to introduce a dependent clause. Compare Matt.8:24 ὥστε τὸ πλοῖον καλύπτεσθαι.
Scott Lawson wrote:I thought infinitives cannot be main verbs but it seems there are instances...I would feel better if the text had εγένετο instead of γενέσθαι.
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