[B-Greek] Mark 8:23

Harold R. Holmyard III hholmyard at ont.com
Wed Apr 19 12:26:58 EDT 2006


Dear Webber,

>Mark 8:22-26 is the story of the Blind Man healed at
>Bethsaida.  After Jesus spits in his eyes and lays his
>hands on him he asks the blind man "Do you see
>anything?"  This is the way (I think) all English
>translations translate the verse, even as far back as
>Wycliff’s translation.  However, the Greek is as such
>"EI TI BLEPEIS"  Couldn’t this be translated
>literally "YOU ARE WHAT SEEING?" - or more properly,
>"What do you see?"  Any comments would be helpful.


HH: This idea does not work because BLEPEIS is 
not a participle ("seeing") but is a main verb:
"you see." Actually EI here means "if" and is a 
way of introducing a question (wooden literalism: 
"If anything you see?) translatable as "Do you 
see anything?"

Yours,
Harold Holmyard




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