Translation Studies

Steven R. Lo Vullo doulos at
Fri Sep 7 17:57:04 EDT 2001

on 9/7/01 8:26 AM, David Haeuser at haeuser at wrote:

> But Jim, it looks to me like the handing of the scroll to Jesus takes place
> before it is unrolled or the place is found, then Jesus finds the place,
> hEUREN TON TOPON. Wouldn't that be a little difficult for an illiterate
> person in a scroll several yards long? And where in the New Testament does
> the meaning "recite" fit the context as well as "read"? Isn't the proposed
> meaning rather an example of the etymological fallacy? Does the blessing of
> Rev. 1:3 come only to those who are able to recite from memory the words of
> the prophecy?
> Bultmann, in the TWNT, while saying that the basic meaning es "to know
> exactly" or "to recognize", also says that "for the most part it is used
> with the sense of reading or public reading", and specifically refers to
> Luke 4:13 as an example of cultic reading of the OT. I can't see that either
> he or BAGD gives any example of the meaning you have given it in Luke 3:14.

I mentioned in my earlier post the book _Exegetical Fallacies_ by D.A.
Carson, in which is a helpful chapter on word study fallacies that includes
"The root fallacy," which corresponds to what you refer to as "the
etymological fallacy." Your second paragraph reminded me of another section
in that same chapter that applies to the question at hand: "4. Appeal to
unknown or unlikely meanings."

Steve Lo Vullo
Madison, WI

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