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

Mike Sangrey MSangrey at BlueFeltHat.org
Thu Apr 13 10:32:39 EDT 2006

On Thu, 2006-04-13 at 09:38 -0400, Stephen C. Carlson wrote:
> 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 won't belabor this point, so please allow just one clarification.

The "Who hit you" can easily be a demand that the prophecy be specific
to the exact individuals.  That is, that the declaration of sinful
behavior be quite pointed.  This certainly doesn't rule out what you've
said.  After all, Jesus is blindfolded.  However, the collocation of
PROFHTEUW and BLASFHMEW suggest a direct attack on Christ prophetic (in
the sense I'm using it) ministry.  And that's really what I'm
suggesting.  I didn't want people to walk away from this somewhat
tangential sub-thread and be thinking that "the Greek says it" as you
have stated it.  Also, note I'm not trying to put you in a bad light
here.  I'm just trying to give a balancing perspective.  One that you
will likely, and justifiably, disagree with.  The disagreement really
hinges on the meaning of PROFHTEUW and that's too far a field from this

> 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."

I've had this "feeling" that DISTAZW is NOT quite an antonym to
'conviction'.  ISTM it's a word that would be used when someone says,
"O!, I don't know, I just can't be completely certain."  In Greek, the
person would say DISTAZW to capture most of that entire English

Mike Sangrey                               (msangrey AT BlueFeltHat.org)
Landisburg, Pa.
                        "The first one last wins."
            "A net of highly cohesive details reveals the truth."

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