[B-Greek] Mounce defines "cheir" as "hand," "arm," or "finger."
glenn at irr.org
Wed Feb 18 20:57:27 EST 2004
In the first-year Greek grammar, "Basic of Biblical Greek" by William D.
Mounce "cheir" is defined as "hand," "arm," or "finger." When I took
that class, I remember thinking that this definition explains how Christ
was crucified through the wrist because of the wider meaning of the
Greek term. But tonight I looked in three dictionaries and found that
with only one exception the Greek word "cheir" translates into English
as "hand." The only exception was in Luke 15:22 where "cheir" refers to
the finger, not to the hand, and therefore it is necessary to translate
in most languages "put a ring on his finger."
Why does Mounce gives "arm" as a possible translation.
Glenn A. Evans
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