Can hendiadys ever have singular agreement?

By: | Post date: 2017-06-01 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Ancient Greek, Linguistics

Found one!

1 Corinthians 15:50

Τοῦτο δέ φημι, ἀδελφοί, ὅτι σὰρξ καὶ αἷμα βασιλείαν Θεοῦ κληρονομῆσαι οὐ δύναται, οὐδὲ ἡ φθορὰ τὴν ἀφθαρσίαν κληρονομεῖ.

“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.”

The verb for cannot is singular in the Greek.

See also On Hendiadys in Greek. Nothing useful there, though it does mention that hendiadys is routinely ignored in accounts of Classical Greek—but noted in accounts of Biblical Greek.

Leave a Reply

  • Subscribe to Blog via Email

    Join 319 other subscribers

  • October 2021
    M T W T F S S
    « Mar    
     123
    45678910
    11121314151617
    18192021222324
    25262728293031
%d bloggers like this: