Luke 1:14 EPI THi GENESEI AUTOU

Jonathan Robie Jonathan.Robie at SoftwareAG-USA.com
Thu Aug 2 07:21:59 EDT 2001


Luke 1:14 KAI POLLOI EPI THi GENESEI AUTOU XARHSONTAI

Zerwick says that GENNAW in the above passage means "to bear". Most 
translations say that many will rejoice "at his birth", which seems like 
the most obvious meaning. If I wanted to translate it "to bear", I think I 
would read the phrase as something like "and he will bring joy to many", 
but my brain is having a hard time coercing EPI THi GENESEI into that 
meaning. Or perhaps this phrase could be read as "at his prompting"?

So here are my questions:

1. How do you think Zerwick would interpret the phrase as a whole, if he 
believes the GENNAW means "to bear"?
2. What are the range of natural interpretations for the phrase EPI THi 
GENESEI?
3. Is there any reason to be dissatisfied with the traditional translation 
"many will rejoice at his birth"?


Jonathan Robie
jwrobie at mindspring.com

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TOUTO EINAI;   -- Acts 2:12

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