[B-Greek] Acts 10:48 (Was B-Greek Question)

Harold Holmyard hholmyard at ont.com
Fri Apr 21 13:44:19 EDT 2006

Dear Randall,

>Culturally, the person "baptising someone else" is functioning as a
>witness and a teacher. Contrary to endless debates, they did not dunk
>or pour (or sprinkle). The person being baptised went down with their
>own motor skills while the teacher was a witness. Now many people on
>the list will read Acts 8:35ff as putting Phillip in the water itself,
>but that is not a necessary reading if one starts with the cultural
>pictures just described. As for the Greek here, the PAQHTIKH
>experiencer/passive would be naturally read as MESH middle.

HH: Do I assume correctly that this implies an idea like: "And he 
ordered them to get baptized . . . "?

Harold Holmyard

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