Re: The Adverbial EUQUS in Mark 1:21

From: Jonathan Robie (
Date: Wed Sep 02 1998 - 09:33:04 EDT

At 07:51 AM 9/2/98 -0400, Rodney J. Decker wrote:

>You might want to search the archives for discussion on this issue. It has
>ben discussed previously. As part of the previous thread I posted the f.
>URL which contains an extended excerpt on EUQUS from my dissertion:
I stumbled into the same problem, and I found Rod's article very helpful.
As a result of past discussion, I now agree with Rod's statement that "As a
conjunction, 'kai euqus' carries no sense of rapidity or shortness of
time.It indicates simply the succession of events, and at times has no more
force than 'kai' alone. Failing to recognize this use of 'euqus' frequently
leads to over-exegeting and
emphasizing what Mark did not intend to emphasize."

The evidence for this view is in Rod's article and in the references he
cites, so there's no point in my recapping it here. Let me just say that
EUQUS was causing me lots of difficulty in reading Mark, because I just
didn't know how to translate it many of the places it occurs, especially in
the first few chapters, until Rod helped me out here.

The RSV, as a minimal-transfer translation, often reconstructs the words of
the Greek, which is why EUQUS is translated fairly directly. The NIV tries
to capture the sense, and since KAI EUQUS doesn't really mean much in this
particular verse, it isn't translated.


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