[B-Greek] Rv 22:2 ENTEUQEN KAI EKEIQEN
George F Somsel
gfsomsel at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 2 17:36:03 EDT 2009
ἐν μέσῳ τῆς πλατείας αὐτῆς καὶ τοῦ ποταμοῦ ἐντεῦθεν καὶ ἐκεῖθεν ξύλον ζωῆς ποιοῦν καρποὺς δώδεκα, κατὰ μῆνα ἕκαστον ἀποδιδοῦν τὸν καρπὸν αὐτοῦ, καὶ τὰ φύλλα τοῦ ξύλου εἰς θεραπείαν τῶν ἐθνῶν.
EN MESWi THS PLATEIAS AUTHS KAI TOU POTAMOU ENTEUQEN KAI EKEIQEN CULON ZWHS POIOUN KARPOUS DWDEKA, KATA MHNA hEKASTON APODIDOUN TON KARPON AUTOU, KAI TA FULLA TOU CULOU EIS QERAPEIAN TWN EQNWN.
The two words ENTEUQEN and EKEIQEN are not used together anywhere else that I've seen, but in the LXX of Num 22.24 where it is clear that there is a hedge on either side so that ENTEUQEN . . . KAI . . . ENTEUQEN signifies "over here" and "over there." I'm somewhat inclined to think that in Re 22.2 ENTEUQEN KAI EKEIQEN signifies "here and there", i.e. "scattered about" rather specifying that the trees were scattered between the two reference points rather than forming a kind of solid wall.
καὶ ἔστη ὁ ἄγγελος τοῦ θεοῦ ἐν ταῖς αὔλαξιν τῶν ἀμπέλων, φραγμὸς ἐντεῦθεν καὶ φραγμὸς ἐντεῦθεν,
KAI ESTH hO AGGELOS TOU QEOU EN TAIS AULACIN TWN AMPELWN, FRAGMOS ENTEUQEN KAI FRAGMOS EN
… search for truth, hear truth,
learn truth, love truth, speak the truth, hold the truth,
defend the truth till death.
- Jan Hus
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Subject: [B-Greek] Rv 22:2 ENTEUQEN KAI EKEIQEN
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]..."?
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