[B-Greek] Rev 9 Luk 10:18

Randall Buth randallbuth at gmail.com
Thu Jul 15 15:46:32 EDT 2010


egrapse Antonios
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It's interesting to compare with Luke 10.18, where the aorist PESONTA
is used and where it is
difficult to imagine how something that falls like lightning can be
seen only after the event:
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ἐθεώρουν τὸν σατανᾶν ὡς ἀστραπὴν ἐκ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ πεσόντα.
EQEWROUN TON SATANAN hWS ASTRAPHN EK TOU OURANOU PESONTA.
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Admittedly EQEWROUN is imperfect tense but to explain that as
referring to a considerable time
period whereby the lightning comes down in slow motion seems equally
unsatisfactory.
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Any thoughts?
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Tony Pope
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I think the clue to the imperfect EQEWROUN is an implied visionary context.
See Theodotion Daniel where QEWREIN in PARATATIKOS is used several times
for visions in Daniel 2-7.
Yes, the aorist could have worked, but EQEWROYN keeps things open like in a
spiritual/visionary realm.
Perhaps it also implies contemplating the mystery of what was observed.
ERRWSO
IWANHS

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