N & RJ Hanscamp
hanscamps at paradise.net.nz
Tue Dec 7 01:25:36 EST 1999
>At 10:41 AM +1300 12/7/99, N & RJ Hanscamp wrote:
>>the term ENEFUSHSEN is normally translated "breathed on them", though it
>>probably more correctly "breathed out". Most commentators connect it with
>>Genesis 2.7, Ezekiel 37.9 and Wisdom 15.11 where God is said to 'breath
>>life' into inanimate objects as a part of creation or re-creation.
>Carl Conrad wrote:
>I'm curious what the justification is supposed to be for understanding
>*EN*-EFUSHSEN as "breathed OUT." Does Raymond Brown argue this in fact (my
>copy of his commentary is not presently at hand as I write)? or is it an
>assumption from the context and an assumption that if he says, "Receive the
>Spirit," it can't already be in or on (or--dare I say it?) NEAR them? It
>just seems like a perverse way of understanding the force of this prefix.
OOpppss. I was wrong (there I said it). What I should have said was
"breathed on". The translation is "he breathed on and said to them."
I think I remember a commentary saying that the force was more on Jesus'
breathing, than on the object (which didn't seem to matter). So the
translation (if I can remember it ) was something like "and he breathed and
said to them...". But I can't lay my hands on the commentary right now, and
I'm not sure that such a 'distancing' of the object and subject is necessary
in this case.
Sorry about the misleading info.
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