From: Davis Phillips (email@example.com)
Date: Thu May 30 1996 - 11:30:19 EDT
James H. Vellenga wrote:
>I have run across the Greek idiom EPI TO AUTO three times in
>Acts 2. Most translations translate it as some variety of
>Can anyone give me a sense of the differences in flavor between
>hOMOU, EPI TO AUTO, and SUN?
WELL, HERE ARE SOME COMMENTS ABOUT 'EPI TO AUTO'
The phrase EPI TO AUTO appears in the Greek NT in these places.
I also scanned thru a text of the LXX and found there are several dozen
The meaning seems in these instances to be: (1) (location) "to the same
place" or "at the same place" or "on the same spot", as when armies gather
together, or leaders meet together to talk, (2) "for the same purpose" ,
"for the same thing" or something like that (where the "place" or object is
more abstract, less tangible as a literal place.
e.g., Luke 17:35, where RSV says "two women grinding together", but NASB
and Richmond Lattimore both translate "two women grinding at the same
place" and all three translate Acts 2:1 "they were all together in one
place" [which is the SAME place].
Davis Phillips, Senior Systems Analyst, College of Liberal Arts
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712 USA
Phone: (512) 471-4141 FAX: (512) 471-4518
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