Granville Sharp’s Canon and Its Kin

Semantics and Significance

by Daniel B. Wallace (Author)
Monographs XXII, 347 Pages
Series: Studies in Biblical Greek, Volume 14


Granville Sharp’s Canon and Its Kin explains that the semantics of the article-substantive-KAI-substantive construction (TSKS) have been largely misunderstood and that this misunderstanding has adversely impacted the exegesis of several theologically significant texts. This issue is addressed from three angles: historical investigation, linguistic-phenomenological analysis of the construction, and exegetical implications. The reasons for the misunderstanding are traced historically; a better comprehension of the semantics of the construction is established by an examination of primary literature in the light of linguistic theory; and the implications of this analysis are applied to a number of passages in the New Testament.
Historically, the treatment begins with a clear grammatical principle articulated by Granville Sharp, and it ends with the present-day confusion. This book includes a detailed examination of the New Testament data and other Ancient Greek literature, which reveals that Sharp’s rule has a general validity in the language. Lastly, a number of exegetically significant texts that are affected by the linguistic-phenomenological investigation are discussed in detail. This enlightening text is a valuable resource for undergraduate and graduate students of religion, linguistics, history, and Greek.


XXII, 347
ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2012 (January)
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2009. XXII, 347 pp.

Biographical notes

Daniel B. Wallace (Author)

The Author: Daniel B. Wallace is Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary and Executive Director of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts. He has taught Greek and New Testament courses at graduate schools for more than two decades, with a focus on exegesis, grammar, textual criticism, and biblical theology. His Greek Grammar beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament has become a standard textbook for intermediate Greek students. Dr. Wallace is a member of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, Institute for Biblical Research, Society of Biblical Literature, and the Evangelical Theological Society. He has done postdoctoral work at Tyndale House, Cambridge, the Universität Tübingen, and the Institut für neutestamentliche Textforschung in Münster, Germany.


Title: Granville Sharp’s Canon and Its Kin