Translation Studies

Steven Sheeley ssheeley at shorter.edu
Fri Sep 7 08:35:25 EDT 2001


It might also be instructive to remember that *ana* means "up" rather than
"down."  I always thought that to "know up" was a relatively good picture of
"reading."

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-----Original Message-----
From: Carl W. Conrad [mailto:cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu]
Sent: Friday, September 07, 2001 8:34 AM
To: Biblical Greek
Cc: Biblical Greek
Subject: [b-greek] Re: Translation Studies


At 9:16 AM +0000 9/7/01, jwest at highland.net wrote:
>> Dear Jim:
>>
>> Where does it say that Jesus was illiterate? Lk 4 is quite clear that he
was
>> able to read.
>>
>
>this does have to do with greek so i'm going to say on list what i said in
>private to a number of folk.
>
>lk 4 says nothing of the sort that is generally claimed for it.  in lk
>jesus is
>handed a scroll opened to a text and then he procedes to *recite* the text.
>the verb *anaginwskw* properly means *recite* rather than *read*.  why?
>because literally the verb is a compound with a preposition.  the
preposition
>*ana* means *again* or *down*.  now, if we take this seriously it means *to
>know again, to know down* which is much closer in meaning to the english
word
>*recite* than *read*.
>
>that jesus *recited* is quite a different thing than that he *read*.

Once again, Jim offers us a novel perspective on Greek lexicology! Vs. 17
tells us that Jesus unrolled the scroll and found the place where the text
in question stood written. Why he would do that before reciting from memory
might raise an eyebrow or two. There are 32 instances of the verb
ANAGINWSKW in the GNT. Here's a couple that will illustrate what I assume
is Lucan usage: In Acts 8:30ff. Philip hears an Ethiopian eunuch
ANAGINWSKONTOS; in this instance "reading aloud" from a text of Isaiah
that, if he is reciting at memory, he nevertheless doesn't understand. In
Acts 15:30 we are told that the letter from the Jerusalem church was given
to the congregation at Antioch, then in 31 ANAGNONTES DE ECARHSAN EPI THi
PARAKLHSEI. This is hardly a matter of reciting a memorized text.

I suggest that those interested consult BDAG, L&N, LJS, etc.
-- 

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Emeritus)
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