Re: "Divine passive"

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Sat Jun 21 1997 - 06:53:18 EDT

At 5:59 AM -0400 6/21/97,
>What you are overlooking is the fact that the passive form EDOQH has to be
>taken as a "passivum divinum". Compare V.P. Furnish, 2 Corinthians (Anchor
>Bible), p. 528:
>"This is a conventional use of the passive voice to avoid mentioning the
>divine name".
>Idem, p. 547:

Is there really any consensus judgment on this use of the passive voice? I
certainly won't argue that the form isn't passive, but I'm curious whether
this is a phenomenon sufficiently attested that its "conventional" status
may be legitimately assumed. I may be wrong, but it looks to me like a
commentator's assumption that may have been uncritically taken over by
others. How strong, in fact, is the evidence for such a "convention"?

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics/Washington University
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