[B-Greek] Mark 7:18-19

Carl Conrad cwconrad2 at mac.com
Mon Nov 2 13:37:47 EST 2009

On Nov 2, 2009, at 1:31 AM, Oun Kwon wrote:

> Hi Mark,
> Is it then possible not only to buy KAQARZWN but also to find its
> subject as AFEDRWN (masc.)?
> Cf. www.torahresource.com/EnglishArticles/Mark7.19ShortNote.pdf .

This is a most extraordinary short article; the author (Tim Hegg)  
argues that KAQARIZWN probably is the original reading, but that it  
does/can not mean what those who have held KAQARIZWN to be original  
understand it to mean. Rather, it means the same thing that the neuter  
participle KAQARIZON is said to mean. As for the fact that KAQARIZWN  
is masculine nominative singular, that doesn't really matter (says  
this interpreter), because it must be understood in terms of a  
"constructio ad sensum" with either ANQRWPOS or even AFEDRWN as  
antecedent. I find this argument extraordinary. Granted, as I suppose  
we would (most of us) agree, that the text is more or less awkward  
whether one accepts  KAQARIZWN or thinks that  KAQARIZON yields more  
acceptable sense, I neverless marvel that Mr Hegg can claim that the  
text must be interpreted in the same way whichever reading one  
accepts. I marvel that nobody has yet suggested that KAQARIZWN is a  
copyist's error for what is more likely an original KAQIZWN -- if  
there's an AFEDRA,  then surely someone might be described as KAQIZWN  
-- but of course, something else would have to be supplied as an  
implicit clue to the enigma.

I suppose that Oun is responding to Mark Lightman's suggestion that  
what we have here is a piece of "good-natured bathroom humor."

Whatever else may be said of this thread, it is one of the longest in  
recent history -- "the gift that keeps on giving."

Carl W. Conrad

> I do not see any narrative support  for an idea of 'abolishing the
> dietary law' here. Bringing in Pauline comments into the discussion of
> this Gospel text seems anachronistic to me.
> I have a few references yet to ingest and digest: (1)
> http://ntgateway.com/weblog/2006/01/did-jesus-declare-all-foods-clean.html
> and (2) Black, "An Aramaic Approach to the Gospels and Acts" (p. 159)

> On Sun, Nov 1, 2009 at 5:35 PM, Mark Lightman  
> <lightmanmark at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> I don't know anything about humor or irony, but
>> I fully accept your contention that Markos is being
>> funny here.  The joke is that you would expect
>> the masculine accusative: καΙ εις τον αφεδρωνα
>> εκπορευεται καθαριζοντα KAI EIS TON AFEDRWNA
>> EKPOREUETAI KAQARIZONTA  "and it goes out into
>> the toilet which disposes of all foods."  By shifting
>> unexpectedly to the nominative, Mark uses a little good natured
>> bathroom humor to make a serious point about
>> Christian freedom.
>> Mark L
>> Φωσφορος

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