John 20:17

Maurice A. O'Sullivan mauros at
Thu Aug 9 16:26:07 EDT 2001

At 20:19 09/08/01, Tony Costa wrote:

>I had a question re: John 20:17, MH MOU hAPTOU. This is variously 
>translated for example in the AV as "Touch me not" and in the NASB as 
>"Stop clinging to Me" I did a word check on hAPTW and it is defined as "to 
>fasten to", "adhere to" and also to kindle a fire to something. I heard a 
>lecturer once say that it could also be translated "Do not detain me". I 
>find this rather an odd translation. Can the text be properly translated 
>"Do not detain me"? Does HAPTW carry this meaning at all?

This extract from Vine's Expository Dictionary should:
(a) help you to distinguish between the Active and the Middle usage of hAPTW
(b) explain the background to that lecturer's remark

 >>>>>>> 1.      hAPTWµ , primarily, to fasten to, hence, of fire, to 
kindle, denotes, in the Middle Voice (a) to touch, e.g., Matt. 8:3, 15; 
9:20, 21, 29; (b) to cling to, lay hold of, John 20:17; here the Lord’s 
prohibition as to clinging to Him was indicative of the fact that communion 
with Him would, after His ascension, be by faith, through the Spirit; <<<<<<<<<


Maurice A. O'Sullivan  [ Bray, Ireland ]
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