What is an 'Object Clause'?

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What is an 'Object Clause'?

Post by Thomas Sandberg » May 13th, 2017, 12:35 pm

What is an 'Object Clause'? For example, John 3:11 apparently has two of them, ὃ οἴδαμεν and ὃ ἑωράκαμεν. I can find no answer to what this exactly is, and the only grammar books I've found it mentioned in are for Classical/Attic Greek, not Hellenistic Greek, but even there I do not find an actual definition.

I found a definition for what it is in English here: https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dicti ... ect-clause

Is there 1.) a definition someone can give me and/or 2.) a Hellenistic/Koine Greek Grammar book someone can point me to that gives said definition. Thank you.
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Re: What is an 'Object Clause'?

Post by MAubrey » May 13th, 2017, 4:38 pm

Is there a problem with the definition provided by Collins Dictionary?

Both clauses function as objects of a verb:

[OBJ: ὃ οἴδαμεν] λαλοῦμεν
[OBJ: ὃ ἑωράκαμεν] μαρτυροῦμεν

These are more commonly called "complement clauses" rather than object clauses, but both terms work.
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