Tom Moore tom at katabiblon.com
Tue Jun 2 01:05:50 EDT 2009

Rv. 22:2: Ἐν μέσῳ τῆς πλατείας αὐτῆς καὶ τοῦ ποταμοῦ ἐντεῦθεν καὶ ἐκεῖθεν ξύλον ζωῆς.... [EN MESWi THS PLATEIAS AUTHS KAI TOU POTAMOU ENTEUQEN KAI EKEIQEN XULON ZWHS....]

Is it possible that ENTEUQEN KAI EKEIQEN means "from one end to the other" instead of "on one side and on the other," so that it is describing not the width of the river but the full length of the river? (In previous threads in the archives on this topic, in Jan 2001 and May 2006, I didn't see this possibility discussed.)

In this scenario I would imagine the river of the water of life as running from the throne, terminating at the tree of life, which sits in the middle of the city's street. (The river T-intersects with the street rather than running parallel to it.)

Would it even be possible to read TOU POTAMOU ENTEUQEN KAI EKEIQEN as a genitive absolute: "in the middle of the street a tree of life, and the river (being) from here [the location of the tree] and from there [the location of the throne]..."?

Tom Moore

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