[B-Greek] Matthew 22:34

George F Somsel gfsomsel at yahoo.com
Sun Dec 12 17:01:26 EST 2010

I suppose if you are determined to read purpose into this you can be one of the 
very few who find such in it.  Not only will you then be one of a very few who 
find purpose in this passage but also in any such construction.  I suppose you 
know more about Greek and its idioms than Danker.  


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

- Jan Hus

From: Oun Kwon <kwonbbl at gmail.com>
To: Biblical Greek' <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sun, December 12, 2010 2:08:41 PM
Subject: Re: [B-Greek] Matthew 22:34

On Sun, Dec 12, 2010 at 12:47 PM, George F Somsel <gfsomsel at yahoo.com> wrote:
> There is a use of ἐπί EPI + acc to indicate purpose, but I hardly think it
> is feasible that such is the use here.  BDAG indicates this with an example
> ἐπὶ τὸ βάπτισμα EPI TO BAPTISMA "for baptism" or "to have themselves
> baptized."

> If you try to use that function here you end up with "for the
> same ..." what?  You end up having to supply "purpose" and then end up
> wondering what purpose that might be.  It is a much more likely that it
> means simply that they gathered together by themselves or alone.
> george
> gfsomsel

Why! What purpose? Read the context!

Mt 22:34 the Pharisees' purpose (or intent) is same as the Sadducees'.
To challenge/test/trap.

Oun Kwon.
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