tom at katabiblon.com
Tue Jul 22 17:22:11 EDT 2008
hAPTW in the active morphoparadigm is to light a lamp (Luke 8:16, 11:33, and 15:8) or to kindle a fire (Luke 22:55 and Acts 28:2).
hAPTW in the middle-passive (mp) form + genitive is to touch someone or something. For example, when Jesus in Luke 8:45 asks, "Who touched me?" (TIS hO hAYAMENOS MOU;) the question is structured as, "Who is the one being touched by me?"
My first question is: How should the voice in the second usage be classified: active? middle? middle-deponent?
My second question:
Περὶ δὲ ὧν ἐγράψατέ, καλὸν ἀνθρώπῳ γυναικὸς μὴ ἅπτεσθαι. (1 Cor 7:1)
PERI DE hWN EGRAYATE, KALON ANQRWPWi GUNAIKOS MH hAPTESQAI.
If we follow the second usage, then "KALON ANQRWPWi GUNAIKOS MH hAPTESQAI" would be translated "It is good for a man to not touch a woman" rather than "to not be touched by a woman."
But in light (pun not intended) of 1 Cor 7:9--"For it is better to marry than to burn"--could 1 Cor 7:1 actually be a passive of the first sense: "It is good for a man not be set on fire [that is, aroused to desire] by a woman"?
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