George F Somsel
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Sun May 3 19:11:14 EDT 2009
καὶ ἡ πόλις τετράγωνος κεῖται καὶ τὸ μῆκος αὐτῆς ὅσον [καὶ]τὸ πλάτος.καὶ ἐμέτρησεν τὴν πόλιν τῷ καλάμῳ ἐπὶ σταδίων δώδεκα χιλιάδων, τὸ μῆκος καὶ τὸ πλάτος καὶ τὸ ὕψος αὐτῆς ἴσα ἐστίν.
KAI hH POLIS TETRAGWNOS KEITAI KAI TO MHKOS AUTHS hOSON [KAI] TO PLATOS KAI EMETRHSEN THN POLIN TWi KALAMWi EPI STADIWN DWDEKA XILIADWN, TO MHKOS KAI TO PLATOS KAI TO hUYOS AUTHS ISA ESTIN
To understand τετράγωνος TETRAGWNOS as "cubic" rather than "square" is to impose an understanding of the term differing from that normally associated with it. Yes, it does reference heighth as well as width and breadth, but I think this constitutes additional information rather than changing the meaning of the term itself. It seems to me that κεῖται KEITAI is the solution to this question. It "lies", i.e. has a footprint which is square.
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From: Fridolin Janzen <fjanzen at gmx.net>
To: b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org
Sent: Friday, May 1, 2009 8:57:11 AM
Subject: [B-Greek] TETRAGWNOS
I have a problem with the meaning given to TETRAGWNOS in Revelation 21:16:
foursquare, square or four cornered. How can a city be tridimensional (as
the measures given demonstrate) and be square? Since the oracle of the
temple was a cube (I Kings 6;20) and is the shade of New Jerusalem,
shouldn’t TETRAGWNOS be translated as "cube" or "cubic" instead of "square"?
This seems to be the only use of the word in the NT. Is there any other use
of the word in secular literature where it could be understood as meaning
Pastor Fridolin Janzen
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