Re: Word Order Acts 14:8a

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Tue Sep 08 1998 - 15:24:01 EDT

At 1:57 PM -0500 9/8/98, clayton stirling bartholomew wrote:
>This whole passage is giving me the bends. To start out with Acts 14:8a in
>NA27 is difficult to scan, even given the flexibility of NT Greek word order.
>I read this with the rest of the immediate context several times before I
>dived into the reference works. I was relieved to find Metzger's comment that
>this word order "cries out for rearrangement." Particularly the placement of
>EN LUSTREOIS seems highly infelicitous.
>The reading in NA27 is only found in three manuscripts; Aleph, B, 1175. Codex
>Bezae omits EN LUSTREOIS and rearranges the verse substantially. I am
>wondering if choosing the most difficult reading as the original makes sense
>when the most difficult reading is improbable stylistically. Also, three
>manuscripts are rather slim support even when two of them are Aleph and B.

Clay, you cite this the second two times with an extra E (LUSTROIS ->
LUSTREOIS); why is that?

This word-order strikes me rather like Homer's so-called LEXIS EIROMENH,
"strung out like beads on a string." "And there was a crippled man at
Lystra (supply an HN); he was sitting on his feet (like a catcher behind
home plate)." It really does look very much like a word or two are missing

Carl W. Conrad
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