[B-Greek] Rev. 8:9--what died?

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Mon Nov 13 16:20:24 EST 2006


I think Harold has hit the nail on the head; the sense of KTISMA here  
is simple "creature." I don't think at all that sea-creatures in  
particular are meant here but rather that this is a swallowing up of  
living creatures by flood waters.

On Nov 13, 2006, at 3:57 PM, Harold Holmyard wrote:

> Dear Webb,
>
> Sorry that I posted to your personal address, too.
>
>> KAI APEQANEN TO TRITON TWN KTISMATWN EN THi QALASSHi, TA ECONTA  
>> YUCAS, KAI
>> TO TRITON TWN PLOIWN DIEFQARSHSAN
>>
>>
>>
>> I can't resist seeing TA ECONTA YUCAS as being a gloss on the  
>> previous
>> phrase, indicating that he means the air breathing creatures such  
>> as whales,
>> seals, sea lions, sea birds, dolphins, turtles and so on. It's  
>> hard to see
>> how a fish or other gill-breathing creature has a YUCH in the  
>> biblical
>> context.
>>
>>
>>
>> Any comments on this phraseology?
>>
>
> HH: It may be narrowing down the implication of
> the term KTISMA. The
> word can just mean "created thing."
>
> Yours,
> Harold Holmyard
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