[B-Greek] Acts 10:48 (Was B-Greek Question)

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Fri Apr 21 14:16:45 EDT 2006

On Apr 21, 2006, at 1:44 PM, Harold Holmyard wrote:

> Dear Randall,
>> Culturally, the person "baptising someone else" is functioning as a
>> witness and a teacher. Contrary to endless debates, they did not dunk
>> or pour (or sprinkle). The person being baptised went down with their
>> own motor skills while the teacher was a witness. Now many people on
>> the list will read Acts 8:35ff as putting Phillip in the water  
>> itself,
>> but that is not a necessary reading if one starts with the cultural
>> pictures just described. As for the Greek here, the PAQHTIKH
>> experiencer/passive would be naturally read as MESH middle.
> HH: Do I assume correctly that this implies an idea like: "And he
> ordered them to get baptized . . . "?

Better: "get themselves baptized" (text: PROSETAXEN DE AUTOUS EN TWi  
aorist MIDDLE sense. That is, as Randall explained it, they were to  
perform the acts for themselves.

Carl W. Conrad
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