[B-Greek] Mark 1:41

George F Somsel gfsomsel at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 8 21:58:57 EDT 2010

καὶ σπλαγχνισθεὶς ἐκτείνας τὴν χεῖρα αὐτοῦ ἥψατο καὶ λέγει αὐτῷ· θέλω, καθαρίσθητι· 

This man went into a bar and say another man who was already half drunk and he says, "..."

Narrating a past event and switching into the present tense to make the story more lively isn't particularly unusual or even limited to Greek.  I wouldn't in every case attempt to make a judgment regarding the exact sequence of events in every case.  Sometimes it's important, but not always.  It frequently simply indicates the way in which the speaker / writer is viewing the matter.


… search for truth, hear truth, 
learn truth, love truth, speak the truth, hold the truth, 
defend the truth till death.

- Jan Hus

From: Ron Snider <sarasotapt at comcast.net>
To: b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org
Sent: Thu, April 8, 2010 12:59:48 PM
Subject: [B-Greek] Mark 1:41

Is there anything specific regarding the timing that we can glean from 
the events in Mark 1:41, describing the healing of the leper. The first 
two verbs are aorist, while the verb for speaking is found in the 
present tense. Does it make sense to understand that Jesus was speaking 
at the same time He was extending His hand, which culminated in the 
physical contact with the leper? Or, should one read the present tense 
as occurring after the contact?

kai. splagchnisqei evkteinas he cheira autou hpsato kai legei autw

??? ????????????? ???????? ??? ????? ????? ????? ??? ????? ????

I hope the transliteration is ok, since I could not find anyplace on the 
list page that gives the scheme. Will also include the unicode version 
for those that can read it.


Ron Snider

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