Date: Tue Sep 15 1998 - 12:48:27 EDT
Mark QL Louderback wrote:
> John 2:8--
> ANTLHSATE NUN KAI FERETE TW ARXITPIKLINW
> Question: Where is the water being drawn from?
As usual, John is spare with words here. No one will accuse him of
being epexegetical! Nor is water mentioned in this sentence. The NUN
would appear to be a sequencer in his instructions to the servants,
which would implicate the pots as the locus of whatever liquid is
being drawn. [Now, (having filled the pots), draw (from them} and be
> Does the verb (and context) demand that the water is being drawn
> from a place other than the jars which have just been filled? Does
> the NUN indicate that in addition to drawing the water for the jars
> that now water should be drawn (again) and taken to the steward?
Again, water is not indicated at this point in the telling.
> Or does the context suggest this is all reading way too much into a
> few words. The water was drawn from the jars at hand and not from
> another location.
No and Yes, respectively. "Reading into" is, I believe, following my
recent list queries, 'eisegetical', and thus a huge no-no, and
inviting pejoration. Yet when text is spare, as in John, as well as
enigmatic and puzzling, about all one can do is spend some major time
in prayer and thought. Good things will happen!
If the water is being drawn from, say, a nearby well, rather than the
pots, then what, according to Carson, is the implication for the
meaning of this sentence? I'd be interested in seeing where he 'goes'
with that idea.
And welcome out from lurking!
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