The Adjectival Attributive Genitive In The New Testament: A Grammatical Study -- By: Stanley E. Porter

Journal: Trinity Journal
Volume: TRINJ 04:1 (Spring 1983)
Article: The Adjectival Attributive Genitive In The New Testament: A Grammatical Study
Author: Stanley E. Porter


The Adjectival Attributive Genitive In The
New Testament: A Grammatical Study

Stanley E. Porter

Biola University

For several years, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School has been involved in what has come to be known as the GRAMCORD Project. First conceived by Dr. James Boyer, Emeritus Professor at Grace Theological Seminary, this advanced computer package was developed by Paul Miller, currently Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Aurora College and a Consultant of Trinity. In brief GRAMCORD consists of a tagged Greek text of the New Testament, in machine-readable form, along with a sophisiticated retrieval program that enables the user to retrieve any grammatical construction in the Greek New Testament that is morphologically and/or positionally defined. For instance, we can pull out every instance of a genitive absolute, or every instance of an articular infinitive compounded with a double accusative in addition to parts of speech or simple inflections.

Trinity has contributed funds and Greek scholarship to this project during the last few years; and we are currently working on a careful revision and check of the database (the tagged Greek text) in preparation for the development of a comprehensive volume, A Syntactical Concordance to the Greek New Testament—a reference tool for pastors, scholars, Bible translators and students alike. Trinity retains certain service bureau rights: other institutions that would like to acquire the package may write and obtain the needed information and assistance. Meanwhile, for the past year and a half advanced Greek students have been using our computer facilities to retrieve exhaustive lists of select constructions, with the aim of preparing detailed inductive studies of the same.

The following study was begun by Mr. Porter while he was an M.A. student here at Trinity (see his n. 17) before he assumed his current lecturing post at Biola University. It reflects not only mature research and judgment, but the potential for research provided by the GRAMCORD system, since only the latter can generate the exhaustive lists needed for accuracy. In future years, we hope to apply the same procedures to the broader corpus of Greek literature in order to gain methodological control. Colleagues elsewhere are attempting to adapt the software to biblical Hebrew.-Ed.

In attempting to understand biblical Greek, it is often profitable to analyze NT usage alongside that of other periods, primarily the classical. One topic,

however, that has been given short shrift in both the standard grammars and the other scholarly literature is the transformation in usage from the classical to ...

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