[B-Greek] Mk 15:8
cwconrad2 at mac.com
Wed Nov 26 13:49:45 EST 2008
On Nov 26, 2008, at 12:06 PM, Daniel, Robert S wrote:
> Mk 15:8 KAI ANABAS O OCLOS HRXATO AITEISQAI KAQWS EPOIEI AUTOIS.
> Is this good Greek or is this an example of clumsy usage by someone
> who is not a native speaker or master of the language?
> And does the phrase KAQWS EPOIEI refer back to Mk 15:6 KATA DE
> hEORTH APELUEN AUTOIS hENA DESMION hON PARHTOUNTO ?
It doesn't seem so clumsy if it's viewed within the larger context in
which it belongs:
Κατὰ δὲ ἑορτὴν ἀπέλυεν αὐτοῖς ἕνα
δέσμιον ὃν παρῃτοῦντο. ... 8 καὶ
ἀναβὰς ὁ ὄχλος ἤρξατο αἰτεῖσθαι
καθὼς ἐποίει αὐτοῖς. [KATA DE hEORTHN APELUEN
AUTOIS hENA DESMION hON PARHiTOUNTO ... KAI ANABAS hO OCLOS HRXATO
AITEISQAI KAQWS EPOIEI AUTOIS.]
We have the imperfects APELUEN and PARHiTOUNTO in verse 6, indicating
customary action: "he would release (to them one prisoner whom they
would request." Then in verse 8 HRXATO AITEISQAI indicates this
request being made; I think that KAQWS EPOIEI AUTOIS corresponds to
APELUEN AUTOIS hENA DESMION: "proceeded to put the request in
accordance with what he regularly did for them."
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)
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