wross at farmerstel.com
Fri Dec 18 21:00:52 EST 1998
Perhaps Bill Ross was writing tongue in cheek when he posted:
This was actually spoken "legovtwv". If it was a song, it was a rap song.
But if he was serious, note that LEGONT- ES, -WN, is commonly used for the
text of what is sung. As one of many examples, see Rev. 15:3:
KAI AiDOUSIN THN WiDHN MWUSEWS TOU DOULOU TOU QEOU
KAI THN WiDHN TOU ARNIOU LEGONTES,
MEGALA KAI QAUMASTA ktl.
So LEGONTWN does not mean they were not singing.
This seems to be something that is said differently in Greek from English. I
wouldn't say "Mary sang a solo in Church last Sunday saying "Glory to God"
unless I were trying to act as a relayer of the message of a singer/song.
Would you read this verse as two activities? Two ways of saying the same
Or, was John saying, something like:
"The redeemed were singing Moses song..., declaring to us the glory of God"?
It is an odd way of saying either, to me.
As to whether they WERE singing, we can't say for certain,
So, are you saying that we can't be certain of how to translate the word
LEGONTWN as SINGING,
or SAYING or whether, in addition to that recorded in the text, they might
have also been singing?
Or, the means that they used to lay out the information may have been song?
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