Re: John 2.4

David Scholer (
Tue, 12 Mar 1996 14:27:52 -0800 (PST)

To Richard Arthur,

Not that I would endorse it, but the Revised English Bible (1989; the
revision of the New English Bible) is certainly non-confrontational: "He
answered, 'That is no concern of mine. My hour has not yet come.' They
simply dropped "woman" out of sight!

David M. Scholer
Fuller Theological Seminary

On Tue, 12 Mar 1996 wrote:

> In John 2.4, Jesus has some querulous remarks to make to his mother: TI
> EMOI KAI COI, GYNAI . . . . Although Walter Bauer says that the vocative
> GYNAI "is by no means a disrespectful form of address, my students tend to
> interpret Jesus' remarks in accord with various translations in English. In
> vain do I remind them that an English translation cannot determine the
> meaning of a Greek text, and in vain I seek for a courteous-sounding
> translation. Is Bauer right? Of course he is, as evidenced by John 19.26,
> where Jesus (respectfully) addresses Mother: GYNAI IDE hO YIOC COY.
> But could someone provide me with a decent (non-confrontational)
> translation of John 2.4?
> Richard Arthur Merrimack NH