[B-Greek] Translating Mark 1:8
J. Ted Blakley
jtedblakley at gmail.com
Wed Nov 2 12:58:12 EST 2005
I agree with what has been said about the trickiness of definite and
indefinite, and in this issue the particular grammatical construction proves
ultimately inconclusive on the issue of whether in this verse a definite or
indefinite sense is intended, and a look at the larger context is necessary.
In 1:10 and 1:12 the references to this same spirit is TO PNEUMA. Moreover,
there are three other occasions where we get AGIOS in an attributive
relationship with PNEUMA and all are articular (3:29, 12:36, 13:11). Both of
these pieces of evidence suggest that 1:8 is understood as definite. One
explanation as to why it doesn't have the definite article, though it
appears as definite, is that it occurs in what could be considered an
apothegm (a terse, witty, instructive saying; a maxim), which being a
different from typical speech or writing often allows for different
grammatical constructions. A case in point would be the apothegm in Mark
3:23 PWS DUNATAI SATANAS SATANAN EKBALLEIN, where the two references to
SATANAS are both anartharous but SATANAS is articular in the same context in
3:26 (as it is also in 1:13 and 4:15).
On 11/2/05, Dan Gleason <dan-bgreek at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Translating Mark 1:8
> EGW EBAPTISA UMAS UDATI
> I immersed you in Water ...
> AUTOS DE BAPTISEI UMAS EN PNEUMATI AGIWi
> but he will-immerse you in a-Holy Spirit.
> Is this translation accurate?
> Dan Gleason
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J. Ted Blakley
University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK
Thesis: Contributions of the Episodic Sea Crossings to the Purpose of Mark's
A Narrative-Critical Study of Mark 4:1–8:26"
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