3700 & 3708

Gilbert L. Rice glmrice at ixpres.com
Tue Oct 13 12:55:15 EDT 1998

Is Strong #3700 considered a defective verb?

Why does Young Concordance list 'see' in (among other verses) Matt. 27:4,
Matt. 27:24, Rev. 19:10 under horao, while Strong lists them all under
#3700 (optanomai and optomai) and not under #3708 (horao)?

Englishman's does as Strongs.

Vine's under APPEAR does as Strongs, listing Matt. 27:4,24, but has the
note, "Optomai is to be found in dictionaries under the word horao, to see;
it supplies some forms that are lacking in that verb."

The New Analytical Greek Lexicon, edited by Wesley J. Perschbacher, printed
by Hendrickson, attributes 'see' in those and Rev. 19:10 as from horao.

Liddell & Scott seems not to enter either optomai or optanomai as a primary
listing; and Bauer, Arndt, Gingrich does not enter optomai as a primary
listing; and Moulton edited by Perschbacher seems not to even list optomai
anywhere at all (perhaps because it is not used in Scripture[?]).

Those of you who may surely have looked into this before, can you explain
why these ambiguities?

Is there anywhere a list available of all defective verbs used in Scripture
showing their omissions?

Gilbert L. Rice
PO Box 15324
San Diego, CA 92175

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