Re: A look is not a look

Carl W. Conrad (
Thu, 24 Oct 1996 18:23:00 -0500

At 5:43 PM -0500 10/24/96, Edgar M. Krentz wrote:
>>What's in a look? Does EMBLEPEIN signify merely the act of looking at
>>someone or can/does such a look have "meaning"? For example, when the
>>servant woman of the highpriest "looks at" Peter (Mk 14:67), are we simply
>>meant to understand a "look" or is it "a look"??
>>A very quick look in LSJ has two references to Xenophon and Socrates which
>>suggest EMBLEPEIN can be a suggestive look! I am increasingly suspecting
>>that there is more to the denial story than at first meets the eye!
>>Any comments?
>>Rick Strelan
>Especially in a culture that had the concept of the "evil eye," the
>"malevolent leer."

or even where the old Homeric verb DERKOMAI means "look upon" in the sense
of "if looks could kill"--and then coined the word "dragon" for "serpent"
>from the aorist participle, hO DRAKWN--"the creature with that fierce look."

Carl W. Conrad
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