The Adnominal Genitive in the Pauline Corpus

by Ghassan Elia Khalaf (Author) J. William Johnston (Volume editor)
Monographs XX, 244 Pages
Series: Studies in Biblical Greek, Volume 19


Usage of the adnominal genitive (one or more genitive substantives in relationship to a head noun) is one of most ambiguous aspects of the Greek language of the New Testament, and thus the source of contentious debate among exegetes. This study finds a way forward in the understanding of the genitive case by examining concatenations of single and multiple genitives, testing methods on the Pauline corpus as a representative sample of adnominal genitive usage in the whole New Testament. The results are offered with a set of rules that are vital in assisting the interpreter in clarifying these often difficult expressions. This book offers fresh insight especially where genitives appear in concatenation, and examines the syntactical configurations of genitive constructions with a view to untangling their semantics.


XX, 244
ISBN (Hardcover)
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Oxford, Wien, 2022. XX, 244 pp.

Biographical notes

Ghassan Elia Khalaf (Author) J. William Johnston (Volume editor)

Ghassan Elia Khalaf (1945-2018) was Professor and President at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) in Beirut for many years. He earned his BA from ABTS and his MA and PhD from Evangelische Theologische Faculteit in Leuven, Belguim. Dr. Khalaf has written the Arabic-Greek New Testament Concordance (1979) and Basics of the Art of Preaching (2010) in addition to writing and editing over a dozen books and articles. J. William Johnston is Associate Professor of NT Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, Houston. His research interests focus mainly on the application of Greek grammar and syntax to exegesis. His monograph The Use of Πᾶς in the New Testament (2004) appears in the Studies in Biblical Greek series.


Title: The Adnominal Genitive in the Pauline Corpus