[B-Greek] Translating Mark 1:8
George F Somsel
gfsomsel at juno.com
Wed Nov 2 13:20:36 EST 2005
On Wed, 02 Nov 2005 10:16:31 -0600 "Dan Gleason" <dan-bgreek at hotmail.com>
> 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
I wouldn't use the word immerse. And why the "-" ? The word BAPTW
doesn't necessarily mean "immerse" despite the assertion that it does.
Note that in 1 Cor 12.13 it states
KAI GAR EN hENI PNEUMATI hHMEIS PANTES EIS hEN SWMA EBAPTISQHMEN
Whereas in all accounts of the coming of the Holy Spirit (spoken of as
baptism) it is represented as a "pouring out" (EKXEW) -- Acts 2.17, 18,
33; 10.45; Rom 5.5; Tit 3.6. Note also the use of BAPTIZW / BAPTISMOS in
KAI AP' AGORAS EAN MH BAPTISWNTAI OUK ESQIOUSIN, KAI ALLA POLLA ESTIN hA
PARELABON KRATEIN, BAPTISMOUS POTHRIWN KAI CESTWN KAI XALKIWN [KAI
If BAPTIZW did simply mean "immerse" then we would have a lot of rather
soggy couches. I submit that is an example of the etymological fallacy.
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