[B-Greek] Matthew 28:17: hOI DE EDISTASAN
Harold R. Holmyard III
hholmyard at ont.com
Sat Apr 8 16:24:52 EDT 2006
>KAI IDONTES AUTON PROSEKUNHSAN, hOI DE EDISTASAN
>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.
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