John 1:9

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John Wright
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John 1:9

Post by John Wright » January 4th, 2016, 8:29 pm

I have a feeling this has been asked before, but I can't find it, so...

ἦν τὸ φῶς τὸ ἀληθινὸν ὃ φωτίζει πάντα ἄνθρωπον ἐρχόμενον εἰς τὸν κόσμον.

Can ἐρχόμενον be understood as neuter nominative singular (agreeing with φῶς) as well as masculine accusative singular?

Is there a grammatical reason it can't?
Is there a syntactical reason, or just a "that seems quite unlikely") reason?

Thank you all very much.
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Re: John 1:9

Post by Jonathan Robie » January 4th, 2016, 8:55 pm

Yes, it can be understood either way. That was recently discussed here.
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ἐξίσταντο δὲ πάντες καὶ διηποροῦντο, ἄλλος πρὸς ἄλλον λέγοντες, τί θέλει τοῦτο εἶναι;
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John Wright
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Re: John 1:9

Post by John Wright » January 4th, 2016, 9:00 pm

Wow. Very cool history to this. Thank you!
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