[B-Greek] John 2:15

Barry nebarry at verizon.net
Fri Aug 13 08:05:13 EDT 2010

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Carl Conrad" <cwconrad2 at mac.com>
To: <dlpost at comcast.net>
Cc: "Leonard Jayawardena" <leonardj at live.com>; <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Friday, August 13, 2010 7:54 AM
Subject: Re: [B-Greek] John 2:15

> On Aug 13, 2010, at 7:32 AM, dlpost at comcast.net wrote:
>> And, after all of that "making sense", there is still nothing to hang 
>> one's hat upon.
> In a way, I hesitate to add yet one more note to this thread without 
> really saying
> something new -- but I don't think there's anything new to say about it. 
> It seems
> to me that we recognize that the Greek text doesn't give us enough to 
> resolve
> the question here to everyone's satisfaction. We are beating a dead horse 
> (there's
> an original thought, no?): some of us read the context as intelligible 
> only if we
> understand πάντας ἐξέβαλεν [PANTAS EXEBALEN] to mean that Jesus used
> the whip to drive out man and beast while others are just as convinced 
> that it
> must mean that he drove out all the beasts. Seems to me that an immense
> effort is being expended to tip the balance of an imponderable that won't 
> budge.

And this suggests to me, at the risk of gonig beyiond the Greek (so to 
speak), that for John, communicating the precise, video-tape picture of the 
event was not nearly so important as the fact of cleansing the temple, and 
its import...

N.E. Barry Hofstetter
Classics and Bible Instructor, TAA
(2010 Savatori Excellence in Education Winner)
Mentor, TNARS


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