From: Carl W. Conrad (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Sep 04 1996 - 08:57:40 EDT
At 8:52 PM -0500 9/3/96, Tom Launder wrote:
>I have a question about the present participle blepwn.
>In Matt 5:28 Jesus speaks about an individual who looks at a woman to lust.
>"PAS hO BLEPWN GUNAIKA PROS TO EPIQUMHSAI AUTHN HDH EMOIXEUSEN AUTHN EN THi
>Is there any exegetical significance to the present tense (ex. the one who
>is continually looking at a woman to lust). Or is this just a general
>present participle denoting a certain class of people.
>Is there the idea here of repeated action, thus the looking is tending
>toward a habitual sinful pattern?
I thought someone would take up this one quickly, but I see no one has.
Personally I DON'T think there's any special significance to the "presence"
of a Present tense here. The phrasing strikes me as Semitic, although I'm
not really the best judge of that; if the Greek DOES represent an original
Semitic formulation, then I would suspect that PAS hO BLEPWN is equivalent
to KOL HA ROEH or the like--the Hebrew present participle used as a present
tense--so that what we have here is a generalizing construction: "Everyone"
means "anyone who ..." If, on the other hand, there isn't any Semitic
formulation underlying Mt's Greek, I think that PAS hO BLEPWN GUNAIKA PROS
TO EPIQUMHSAI AUTHN is equivalent to a standard present general condition
in Greek, e.g.,
hOSTIS AN GUNAIKA TINA BLEPHi hINA EPIQUMHSHi AUTHN ...
The present tense is quite common in such a construction in classical Attic
Greek, and I'm not sure an aorist BLEPSHi would make any significant
Any other opinions?
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University
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