CAIREIN in 2 John 10

Manolis Nikolaou aei_didaskomenos at hotmail.com
Thu May 23 04:21:07 EDT 2002


> At 9:04 AM -0500 5/22/02, boyd at huxcomm.net wrote:
> >Dear Manolis,
> >
> >Your thoughts on 2 John 10 were the same as what I was thinking.
> >
> ><<"CAIREIN" MH LEGETE AUTWi = Don't say "CAIREIN" to him.
> >It seems possible to me. . . Any thoughts?>>
> >
> >I'm so used to seeing CAIREIN stand alone that it naturally
> >seemed like direct discourse.
> 
> Sure: look at the word-order, after all. Says, "Hi! Don't talk to him." But
> you think it could mean "Don't say 'Hi!' to him"?
> -- 
> 
> Carl W. Conrad
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The Hellenistic (modern Greek, as well) verb CAIRETIZW means "I greet
someone by the word "CAIRE" or "CAIREIN". It doesn't occur in NT, though.
I wonder whether a phrase like CAIREIN LEGW could be considered a
periphrasis of the above verb.

Regards,
Manolis Nikolaou
Greece




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