Jesus' Corpse

Glenn Blank glennblank at
Wed Mar 6 13:43:21 EST 2002

>From: "Wes Williams" <WesWilliams at>
>To: Biblical Greek <b-greek at>
>Subject: [b-greek] Jesus' Corpse
>Date: Wed, 6 Mar 2002 10:53:02 -0700
>Does anyone have insight into why Jesus' PTWMA is not translated as
>"corpse"? A PTWMA is not exactly the same thought as English "body." What
>the best translation of PTWMA?
>NAB Matthew 14:12 His disciples came and took away the corpse [PTWMA] and
>buried him; and they went and told Jesus.
>NAB Matthew 24:28 "Wherever the corpse [PTWMA] is, there the vultures will
>NAB Mark 15:45 And when he learned of it from the centurion, he gave the
>body [PTWMA] to Joseph.

This is a translation question rather than a NTG question, but I would guess
because in English, "body" is a euphemism, as in the question "did they find
the body" as opposed to "did they find him"  -- by saying it the first way
rather than the second way, it is clear that it is a dead body.  It might be
that the translators chose "body" rather than "corpse" for Mrk 15:45 out of

glenn blank
Pensacola Fl

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