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

Stephen C. Carlson scarlson at mindspring.com
Thu Apr 13 09:38:06 EDT 2006

>>This assumes 'prophesy' is predictive or somehow supernatural in vision.
>>If you take 'prophecy' more along the lines of "preaching or declaring
>>sinful or correct behavior" then you have the taunting nature of "preach
>>at us, tell us we're doing something wrong, go ahead..."  In this case,
>>two groups aren't required.

The question in the text after the "Prophesy", however, is "Who hit you?".
That taunt fits the first option much better than the second one.  In fact,
I cannot really accept the second option as a viable interpretation.

>I haven't had the time to analyze each case, but my cursory skip through
>the occurrences in Luke shows me that exegeting all occurrences as two
>groups is completely unsupportable.

Surely evidence from the same author (here Matt 26:67) is more relevant
than evidence from another?

>Frankly, I think the discussion would be helped by generating a clear
>and more accurate definition of DISTAZW, since it appears to me that
>what's driving the 'two groups' idea is the semantic interaction between

We're back to Matt 28:17, and I'll let someone deal with that, but I would
agree with you that getting a better sense of DISTAZW would be helpful.
For what it is worth, LSJ also gives the meaning of "hesitate."

Stephen Carlson

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"Poetry speaks of aspirations, and songs chant the words."  Shujing 2.35

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