[B-Greek] Lk 19.29 ff [esp. 19.31] The ass (again)

George F Somsel gfsomsel at yahoo.com
Tue Nov 14 01:57:32 EST 2006


I noticed an ambiguity in the Greek of 19.31 

KAI EAN TIS hUMAS ERWTAi "DIA TI LUETE?"  hOUTWS EREITE hOTI "hO KURIOS AUTOU XREIAN EXEI."

The AUTOU can be taken in two ways the curly brackets indicate the use of AUTOU:

1. hO KURIOS AUTOU    -- {his} owner, i.e. "His owner needs [him]"
2. AUTOU XREIAN EXEI  -- he needs {him}, "The lord needs {him}

Some advocate an Aramaic original of some or all of the gospels.  This ambiguity would not be present in either Aramaic or Hebrew and would therefore seem to argue against a Semitic original.

 
george
gfsomsel
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