Matt 26:50

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at
Fri Aug 31 06:01:16 EDT 2001

At 9:30 AM +0200 8/31/01, Iver Larsen wrote:
>So, since we agree that the expression is elliptic, the rule of thumb is
>that what is elided should be supplied from the immediately preceding
>context. This context is the Judas kiss and the word "friend".
>Therefore, I am inclined to go in the direction of:
>"My friend", said Jesus, "are you (really) here as a friend?" Rhetorical
>Or: "Have you come with friendly motives?"
>Or more literally with the implicit topic of friendship made explicit:
>"Friendship - is it on that basis (or for that purpose) you have come?"
>I am not expecting total agreement on a puzzling construction, but these are
>my thoughts at the moment.

I think that's wise--and it is puzzling enough. What I haven't been able to
fathom is how you can see a QUESTION in hETAIRE, EF' hO PAREI. Surely
you're not understanding EF' hO as equivalent to EPI TI?

Carl W. Conrad
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