[B-Greek] Matthew's SU LEGW
accuratebibles at ozemail.com.au
Sun May 23 20:15:24 EDT 2004
It helps if you put the Greek expression into English expression (that is,
the Greeks didn't speak in stilted fashion). Think of it this way - Judas
said "It's not me, is it?" hoping for a "No" answer, but Jesus replies, "You
said it!" At any rate, Jesus (or anyone who would answer such a question)
was not under grammatical obligation to answer "Yes" or "No" - that is,
Judas' grammar might have been expecting a "No", but there was no reason
anyone would have to answer that with a "No".
"You said it" also applies in v. 64.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Eddie Mishoe" <edmishoe at yahoo.com>
To: "B Greek" <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, May 24, 2004 4:01 AM
Subject: [B-Greek] Matthew's SU LEGW
> Matthew uses an expression to answer questions that
> seems like a periphrastic, indirect answer. Twice in
> chapter 26 he uses the same expression, but seemingly
> in opposite ways.
> Verse 25
> APOKRIQEIS DE IOUDAS hO PARADIDOUS AUTON EIPEN, MHTI
> EGW EIMI, hRABBI; LEGEI AUTWi, SU EIPAS.
> The MHTI seems to imply that Judas was anticipating a
> NEGATIVE answer, right? (I am not the one am I?)
> Yet, SU EIPAS, appears to mean something like, "It is
> true what you have said." So, it would appear that
> Jesus was saying that it is true that you (Judas) are
> NOT the one who will betray me.
> The same expression is used in verse 64 in answer to
> the high priest's request for a definitive answer:
> ...EXORKIZW SE KATA TOU QEOU TOU ZWNTOS hINA hHMIN
> EIPHiS EI SU EI hO CRISTOS hO hUIOS TOU QEOU.
> LEGEI AUTWi hO IHSOUS, SU EIPAS.
> Jesus appears to be saying, "It is true what you have
> said." (Based on the high priest's response)
> Surely I am overlooking something here. Could someone
> please enlighten me on this expression SU LEGW? How
> can it make sense in BOTH of these questions?
> Eddie Mishoe
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