Ego Emi?

jwest at jwest at
Sat Sep 8 06:59:42 EDT 2001

> Several times in the Gospel of John, the term (ego emi)is used. 
> I'm under the impression, based on a limited knowledge of Greek, that
> this is not the usual term for "I am".  Can anyone tell me if this is a
> correct assumption, or is it a common usage?
> Thanks,
> Dennis Bass

it is indeed a very common construction.  see for example ex 3 in the LXX.  it 
occurs in john a lot as well (as you know). some call it a *septuagintism*.  i 




Jim West, ThD
Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies
Roane State Community College

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