From: Carl W. Conrad (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Mar 07 1998 - 06:00:52 EST
I really don't know whether this by now belated response is worth the effort. I tried to send this for the first time Thursday night before I left North Carolina, but couldn't get a network connection. I tried to send it last night from home in St. Louis and it bounced, I know not why. I'll try once more.
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 1998 18:25:38 -0600
To: Randy LEEDY <RLEEDY@bju.edu>
From: "Carl W. Conrad" <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: TI POIEITE LUONTES (Mk. 11:5)
At 5:07 PM -0500 3/5/98, Randy LEEDY wrote:
>A friend of mine just called with a question that has intrigued me.
>He was wondering about the use of the ptcp LUONTES in Mk 11:5: TI
>POIEITE LUONTES TON PWLON?. Kind of an odd use by Koine standards,
>but BDF suggests it was more common earlier (414). It seems natural
>to render the question "Why are you untying the colt?", but the exact
>English parallel "What are you doing untying the colt?" also sounds
>natural. As I think about the difference in English between the
>questions "Why..." and "What are you doing...", it seems to me that
>the latter implies a stronger disapproval. The former could actually
>be a request for an explanation, while the latter seems to imply an
>objection to what is being done. If my young son is inserting a metal
>object into an electrical outlet, I'm going to yell "What are you
>doing...", not "Why are you...". Acts 21:13 contains parallel
>phraseology, where at least a little disapproval also fits the
>context, where Paul asks his companions "What are you doing weeping"
>in response to Paul's refusal to heed their advice based on Agabus's
>What think ye? Is this a legitimate reading of the Greek
>construction? Is the idiom a survival from the classical period? If
>so, what bearing does its presence in Mark have upon the nature of
>Mark's language or upon his sources? Or might the idiom also be
No it's not Latinistic (I can't imagine anyone ever saying "Quid facitis
polum solventes?" The classical construction would have been, TI BOULOMENOI
TON PWLON LUETE? I rather think your way of understanding the construction
rings quite valid, Randy.
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