[B-Greek] Matthew 28:17: hOI DE EDISTASAN

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Sat Apr 8 09:29:03 EDT 2006

On Apr 8, 2006, at 8:03 AM, Albert & Julia Haig wrote:

> Hello!
> The last phrase of this verse seems to be always rendered, "but  
> some doubted". My question is, why can't it be translated "and they  
> doubted", or "but they were also of two minds". Is there any  
> grammatical reason? Is it just because it is assumed that you can't  
> both worship and doubt simultaneously? I think you might be able  
> to. Put this in context: the disciples seem the risen Jesus, they  
> are totally amazed and overcome with awe, they worship him.  
> Couldn't they also have had a great deal of doubt about what this  
> all meant?
> Where are the translators getting the concept of "some" from? If  
> the author of Matthew wanted to say "some", couldn't he have used  
> TINES, as he does in 27:47 for instance? Are we just reluctant to  
> admit that the disciples might have had their doubts, too?

Sure, but the key element here is the DE with hOI, indicating a shift  
of focus to another group or sub-group.

Carl W. Conrad
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