Jonathan Robie wrote
>Robertson suggests that the spirit may be speaking for himself and for
>the man he possesses. Makes sense to me.
Hmm, two reasonable but divergent suggestions, so I should take this as
a sign that nobody really knows for sure? (;-) I think I should slightly
favor the former over the latter, because of the next sentence: HLQES
APOLESAI hHMAS? "Did you come to destroy us?" An exorcism would restore
rather destroy the possessee, and its position at the front of Mark's
narrative demonstrates that this exorcism is but the opening salvo (or
salve?) of Jesus' ministry.
-- Stephen C. Carlson : Poetry speaks of aspirations, email@example.com : and songs chant the words. http://www.mindspring.com/~scarlson/ : -- Shujing 2.35