From: Carl W. Conrad (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Aug 30 1998 - 16:42:10 EDT
At 3:19 PM -0500 8/30/98, clayton stirling bartholomew wrote:
>The verb EPHGAGON in Acts 14:2a D (Bezae) has too many arguments.
>hOI DE ARCISUNAGWGOI TWN IOUDAIWN KAI hOI ARCONTES THS SUNAGWGHS EPHGAGON
>AUTOIS DIWGMON KATA TWN DIKAIWN.
>The problem is found in AUTOIS . . . KATA TWN DIKAIWN, these two elements
>appear to be redundant. Metzger (Textual Comm.) suggests, citing Torrey, that
>AUTOIS might be translated "for themselves". I am wondering if this is the
>Is it possible that the more natural translation of EPHGAGON AUTOIS DIWGMON,
>"they stirred up persecution against them" might be accepted and KATA TWN
>DIKAIWN could be viewed as a loosely attached additional clarifying comment.
>Thus in english: "they stirred up persecution against them, [that is] against
>I am not asking if this is the best reading, what I am asking is, does Koine
>Greek syntax allow this kind of reading. Can KATA TWN DIKAIWN be simply
>tacked on in this manner and still be intelligible?
I really don't think so, and there's already the redundancy of two subjects
referring, apparently, to the very same persons.
This looks very much like a conflation of the same statement in two
(1) hOI DE ARCISUNAGWGOI TWN IOUDAIWN EPHGAGON AUTOIS DIWGMON "The rulers
of the synagogue of the Jews brought persecution upon them";
(2) hOI ARCONTES THS SUNAGWGHS EPHGAGON DIWGMON KATA TWN DIKAIWN "The
rulers of the synagogue brought persecution against the righteous ones."
I would agree that KATA TWN DIKAIWN seems superfluous, but so does hOI
ARCONTES THS SUNAGWGHS.
Just a quick reaction.
Carl W. Conrad
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