[B-Greek] Luke 19:28-36, Who is the Lord?
George F Somsel
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Mon Jul 14 19:32:10 EDT 2008
My personal opinion regarding this pericope is that there is a bit of deliberate misleading going on. The "lord" could be understood as the owner of the animal (or the employer of a servant or owner of a slave -- see Mt 18.23-35) as well as being the term used by the church for Jesus. The reader of the gospel account is aware that Jesus is Lord, but the town's people most likely were not so that they would understand that the owner wanted the animal(s).
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From: Bryant J. Williams III <bjwvmw at com-pair.net>
To: B Greek <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, July 14, 2008 5:51:19 PM
Subject: [B-Greek] Luke 19:28-36, Who is the Lord?
Reading the Lukan version of the Triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The passage
describes Jesus as sending two disciples into town to obtain the donkey (PWLON)
for his ride into the city. He gives the sequence of events and what they shall
say to the anyone who asks what they are doing with the donkey. The subsequent
events play out as predicted by Jesus. But the question I have is the
translation and understanding of the disciples, the owners of the donkey as to
who is Lord. Jesus says in 19:31, KAI EAN TIS hUMAS ERWTAi. "DIA TI LUETE;"
hOUTWS EREITE hOTI "hO KURIOS AUTOU XREIAN EXEI." Verse 32 describes the
disciples actions. 19:33 says, LUONTWN DE AUTWN TON PWLON EUOAN OI KURIOI AUTOU
PROS AUTOUS, "TI LUETE TON PWLON" 19:34 says, OI DE EIPAN hOTI, "hO KURIOS
AUTHOU XREIAN EXEI.
So what does hO KURIOS mean in 19:31 & 34; and what does OI KURIOI mean in
19:33? Would it be correct to say, "Lord," in verses 31 & 34? Followed by
"Lords" in verse 34? Or would it be "Master," then "Owners?" What is the
semantic range of KURIOS at this time? What would the Aramaic or Hebrew behind
the term be at this time? Finally, what would be understood by the ones who
owned the donkey? It seems to me that the English translations are missing out
on a pun here that clearly in the Greek, but appears to be in the
Rev. Bryant J. Williams III
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