From: Cees van Veelen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Oct 30 1997 - 21:35:50 EST
James H. Vellenga" wrote:
> Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 09:32:23 -0500 (EST)
> Subject: Mark 3:21 - hOI PAR) AUTOU
> The phrase hOI PAR) AUTOU in Mark 3:21 is a bit of a puzzle
> to me -- and perhaps to translators as well:
> KJV -- "his friends"
> NIV -- "his family"
> NASB -- "his own people" (footnote "his own kinsmen")
> Is this known to be a Greek idiom? A quick glance through the
> Fribergs' concordance of the Greek NT didn't find anything
> really comparable. Is there anything in the Septuagint or other
> old Greek writings that gives people a clue?
For example: In the first book of Maccabee you find:
hOI PARA TOU BASIEWS (2:15, 2:17, 7:41)
hOI PARA TOU <proper name>
In those verses the reason why they are with the king or with a person is
not friendship or a blood relation - it is more or less a professional
reason. But even that is not in the text - the greek simply states that
these people are with someone, and no reason is given.
Cees van Veelen,
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