[B-Greek] On BHMA

Mitch Larramore mitchlarramore at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 4 14:51:12 EDT 2007

A friend of mine has asked if anyone on the B-Greek
list can confirm the following statement:

"This word was taken from Isthmian games where the
contestants would compete for the prize under the
careful scrutiny of judges who would make sure that
every rule of the contest was obeyed (cf. 2 Tim. 2:5).
The victor of a given event who participated according
to the rules was led by the judge to the platform
called the Bema. There the laurel wreath was placed on
his head as a symbol of victory..."

S. Hoyt in a 1980 Bibsac article states something
close to this, but provides no support. Numerous other
commentaries say something similar, but those who do
reference some source, usually reference the
unsubstantiated claim of Hoyt. Apparently, though
again unconfirmed, Strabo is the origin of this
Isthmian usage of BHMA.

Mitch Larramore
Sugar Land, Texas

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