More questions on Mark

From: Kenneth Litwak (
Date: Mon Sep 25 1995 - 00:33:55 EDT

   Can someone tell me the difference in meaning or significance of the
use of the periphrastic participle, such as the periphrastic pluperfect
in Mark 6:52, compares to a simpler form, like just a pluperfect passive
verb? Also, in this episode of walking on the water, Jesus announces
to the disciples "egw eimi". I don't really expect at this point Jesus
meant to be telling his discplies he was Yahweh, and even if he had,
from their reaction, they clearly would not have accepteD THAT.
I'm wondering therefore if there are other examples outside the NT of
the use of ego eimi without any modifiers, and what it probably means
in those passages. Thanks.

Ken Litwak
Bezerkley, CA

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