Greek word in the Passover?

Kevin W. Woodruff cierpke at
Wed Jan 23 10:56:05 EST 2002


The 2nd aorist of hIKNEOMAI is hIKOMHN. It occurs in Homer's Illiad 8.148.,
It also occurs  as  AFIKNEOMAI is used in early prose according to Liddell
and Scott

At 09:24 AM 1/23/2002 -0600, you wrote:
>I have run across some material that comments on the Passover Seder that
>developed soon after the time of Christ. The argument presented is that the
>broken Matzah is called by a Greek word "afikomen" (HFIKOMEN ?, it was not
>written in Greek characters) which is supposedly the aorist of "ikneomai"
>(IKNEOMAI ??) and means "he came". This does not appear to be a NT verb,
>though that in an of itself is not a problem. However, it does seem to have
>some other problems: 1) would we not expect a sigma and an alpha in the
>aorist form? 2) the -OMEN ending seems to be an active 1st person plural
>which would be unusual with a "deponent" verb, wouldn't it? Can anyone shed
>any light on this?
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