[B-Greek] "hESTWTA" (Acts 7:55 + 56)

Mark Lightman lightmanmark at yahoo.com
Wed May 13 08:35:06 EDT 2009


--- On Wed, 5/13/09, A. J. Birch <AJB1212 at ono.com> wrote:


From: A. J. Birch <AJB1212 at ono.com>
Subject: [B-Greek] "hESTWTA" (Acts 7:55 + 56)
To: "B-Greek" <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2009, 4:55 AM


"hUPARCWN DE PLHRHS PNEUMATOS hAGIOU ATENISAS EIS TON OURANON EIDEN DOXAN QEOU KAI IHSOUN hESTWTA EK DEXIWN TOU QEOU KAI EIPEN, IDOU QEWRW TOUS OURANOUS DIHNOIGMENOUS KAI TON hUION TOU ANQRWPOU EK DEXIWN hESTWTA TOU QEOU" (Acts 7:55 + 56).

Does "hESTWTA" (twice here) imply that Stephen saw Jesus STANDING at God's right hand, or not necessarily?

Thankyou,

Andrew J. Birch
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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No.  hISTHMI in the perfect can mean "I am situated" or
really "I am."  Same with KAQHMAI/KAQIZW, so that,
depending on the context, "standing at the right hand of
God" and "sitting at the right hand of God" can mean the
same thing, contra the joke about God having to be left
handed because Jesus is sitting on his right hand.
 
Mark L.  



      


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