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

Stephen C. Carlson scarlson at mindspring.com
Thu Apr 13 01:28:58 EDT 2006

At 01:33 PM 4/13/2006 +1000, Albert & Julia Haig wrote:
>> [SCC] BDF offers Matt 26:67 as an example similar to Matt 28:17: TOTE ENEPTUSAN EIS TO PROSWPON AUTOU KAI EKOLAFION AUTON, hOI DE ERAPISAN, 68 LEGONTES ...
>This is the case I discussed earlier, which leaves me very unconvinced. It seems to read very naturally, "They they spat in his face and beat him with their fists, and they slapped him, and said, "prophesy to us ...".
>Please show me an example where the context *demands* that a shift in reference for the pronoun is required, and I will believe you. If hOI DE has the meaning you claim, then such examples should be findable.

The remark "prophesy to us" as a taunt makes the most sense
if those hitting Jesus were not in his line of sight, i.e.,
they are hitting him from behind.  On the other hand, those
spitting in his face are in front of him.  (Matthew mentions
no blindfold, as it would have been out of place or removed
for those spitting on his face.)  The Matthean context therefore
indicates two different groups beating him up in two different
ways, so the context does call for understanding hOI DE as a
shift in reference.

For a fuller explanation, please see Michael Goulder, "Two
Significant Minor Agreements (Mat. 4:13 Par.; Mat. 26:67-68
Par.)," Novum Testamentum 45 (2003): 365-373.

Stephen Carlson 
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