[B-Greek] Episunagoge

Albert Pietersma albert.pietersma at sympatico.ca
Fri May 16 20:45:12 EDT 2008


For anyone interested in the concept of EPISUNAGWGH it would be  
prudent to look at the use of EPISUNAGW in the LXX. While the noun  
occurs only in 2 Macc 2:7, the verb has much wider currency.
Al

On May 16, 2008, at 7:03 PM, George F Somsel wrote:

> It's always best to include the text under discussion.
>  μὴ ἐγκαταλείποντες τὴν  
> ἐπισυναγωγὴν ἑαυτῶν, καθὼς ἔθος  
> τισίν, ἀλλὰ παρακαλοῦντες, καὶ  
> τοσούτῳ μᾶλλον ὅσῳ βλέπετε  
> ἐγγίζουσαν τὴν ἡμέραν.
> MH EGKATALEIPONTES THN EPISUNAGWGHN hEAUTWN, KAQWS EQOS TISIN, ALLA  
> PARAKALOUNTES, KAI TOSOUTWi MALLON hOSWi BLEPETE EGGIZOUSAN THN  
> hHMERAN.
> It seems obvious that τὴν ἐπισυναγωγὴν  
> ἑαυτῶν [THN EPISUNAGWGHN hAUTWN] CANNOT reference the time  
> of Christ's coming since it is conceived as something yet to happen  
> whereas here he references it as καθὼς ἔθος τισίν  
> [EQOS TISIN], i.e. as something which is even then taking place at  
> the time he is writing.  It does seem that he is referring to the  
> coming of Christ when he says ἐγγίζουσαν τὴν  
> ἡμέραν [EGGIZOUSAN THN hHMERAN].  There are a few references  
> to ἡμέρα [hHMERA] in Hebrews.
> 1.  3.8 "the day" of testing in the wilderness
> 2.  5.7 "the day" of Christ's life on earth
> 3.  8.8 "the day" when God institutes a new covenant with Israel
> 4.  8.9 "the day" when God led Israel from Egypt
> 5.  The current passage
> None of the other passages seem to carry such an implication.  We  
> do find something in Amos which is referenced in 2 Peter 3.10
>
> 18     Alas for you who desire the day of the Lord!
> Why do you want the day of the Lord?
> It is darkness, not light;
> 19     as if someone fled from a lion,
> and was met by a bear;
> or went into the house and rested a hand against the wall,
> and was bitten by a snake.
> 20     Is not the day of the Lorddarkness, not light,
> and gloom with no brightness in it?
> The Holy Bible : New Revised Standard Version. 1989 (Am 5:18-20).  
> Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
> οἱ δὲ νῦν οὐρανοὶ καὶ ἡ γῆ τῷ  
> αὐτῷ λόγῳ τεθησαυρισμένοι εἰσὶν  
> πυρὶ τηρούμενοι εἰς ἡμέραν κρίσεως  
> καὶ ἀπωλείας τῶν ἀσεβῶν ἀνθρώπων.
> hOI DE NUN OURANOI KAI hH GH TWi AUTWi LOGWi TEQHSAURISMENOI EISN  
> PURI THROUMENOI EIS hHMERAN KRISEW KAI APWLEIAS TWN ASEBWN ANQRWPWN  
> george
> gfsomsel
>
>
> … search for truth, hear truth,
> learn truth, love truth, speak the truth, hold the truth,
> defend the truth till death.
>
>
> - Jan Hus
> _________
>
>
>
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Steven Shannon <stevenmarshallshannon at gmail.com>
> To: b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org
> Sent: Friday, May 16, 2008 3:51:41 PM
> Subject: [B-Greek] Episunagoge
>
> It seems that Hebrews 10:25 is referring to the coming of the Lord,  
> the day
> when we are gathered together with Him, rather than referring to the
> responsibility we have in attending church as evidenced by the fact  
> that the
> Greek feminine noun episunagoge appears as a singular noun in the  
> accusative
> case 'episunagogen', and therefore in agreement with the Greek  
> feminine noun
> hemera which also appears as singular noun in the accusative case  
> 'hemeran'.
>
> The only time episunagoge occurs elsewhere in the New Testament is  
> in 2
> Thessalonians 2:1 where it is used in regard to our being gathered  
> together
> with Christ at His coming.
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