[B-Greek] Matthew 3:4 John was hairy like Elijah?

hoshi411 hoshi411 at gmail.com
Sat Apr 24 00:29:32 EDT 2010


Matthew 3:4 αυτος δε ο ιωαννης ειχεν το  
ενδυμα αυτου απο τριχων καμηλου και  
ζωνην δερματινην περι την οσφυν αυτου  
η δε τροφη αυτου ην ακριδες και μελι  
αγριον
Matthew 3:4 AUTOS DE hO IWANNHS EIXEN TO ENDUMA AUTOU APO TRIXWN  
KAMHLOU KAI ZWNHN DERUMATINHN PERI THN OSFUN AUTOU hH DE TROFH AUTOU  
HN AKRIDES KAI MELI AGRION

I am having two translation problems

1) "AUTOS DE hO IWANNHS"
a. Why did the author feel it necessary to write John's name? He could  
have said "AUTOS DE EIXEN"

2) "TO ENDUMA AUTOU APO TRIXWN KAMHLOU"
a. what does this expression "after camel's hair" mean?
b. does this mean "like camels hair" as in "after the appearance of  
camels hair"
c. 2 kings 1:8 says in the Hebrew that Elijah was "possessor of hair"  
which is often translated that "he was a hairy man" the LXX also says  
that. and King James says "john's raiment was of camels hair" which  
could be translated that his appearance was like camels hair.
so, is mat 3:4 "TO ENDUMA AUTOU" "his garment was made from camels  
hair" or "his outfit/appearance was after/like camel's hair" which  
would mean that John was a hairy man with a skin belt? and why?


3) "APO TRIXWN KAMHLOU"
why is apo necessary?


thanks always.





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Joshua Robison
ecclesiologyproper at gmail.com


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