[B-Greek] PEPRAKEN in Mt 13:46

Barry nebarry at verizon.net
Mon May 5 20:59:37 EDT 2008

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From: "Carl W. Conrad" <cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu>
To: "B-Greek" <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
Cc: "Daniel, Robert S" <rob.daniel at hp.com>
Sent: Monday, May 05, 2008 4:14 PM
Subject: [B-Greek] PEPRAKEN in Mt 13:46

> Hi, Matt 13:46 uses the word PEPRAKEN which I think is the perfect of
> PRASSW. All the translations I can find translate it as "sold" but all
> the lexicons I can find say that it means "to do" or "practice" but
> may also mean collect, as of taxes or interest. Is the passage
> actually saying that the man in the parable went and collected all the
> money that people owed to him in order to buy the precious pearl? Or
> is that he is practicing his merchant's trade and liquidating his
> stock? Or does PEPRAKA actually mean "sold", and my lexicons just
> don't reflect that? Or am I getting confused about something?

Rob, the verb is πιπράσκω (PIPRASKW) not πράσσω (PRASSW).  The perfect of 
πράσσω (PRASSW) is πέπραχα (PEPRACA), with a chi, not a kappa, for the 
perfect stem.

N.E. Barry Hofstetter
Professor, WRTS
Mentor, TNARS http://www.tnars.net/
Classics Instructor, TAA

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