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

Harold R. Holmyard III hholmyard at ont.com
Sat Apr 8 16:24:52 EDT 2006

Dear Albert,

>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?

HH: DE is contrastive, and hOI can function as a demonstrative 
pronoun implying "some." If Matthew had wanted to say that everybody 
doubted who worshipped, he could have left out the hOI.

Harold Holmyard

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