From: Stevens, Charles C (Charles.Stevens@unisys.com)
Date: Tue Sep 01 1998 - 12:39:24 EDT
>From a VERY little Greek:
Seems to me the rhetorical combination of the two phrases LUSITELEI AUTW
EI MULOS hONIKOS PERIKETAI PERI TON GRAXHLON AUTOU and KAI ERRIPTAI EIS
THN QALASSAN in this verse would be rendered utterly unintelligible if
PERIKETAI were interpreted as "harnessed" rather than "hung" or "tied".
I think "harnessed" would imply a relationship between the millstone and
the man that is rather looser than "tied" or "hung", and that looseness
would make the combination of the harnessing and the casting into the
sea a really jarring mixed metaphor.
Thus, I for one would tend to reject this interpretation as rhetorically
improper given that other interpretations do not suffer that flaw.
-Chuck Stevens [SMTP: Charles.Stevens@unisys.com]
> From: Jim West[SMTP:jwest@Highland.Net]
> Sent: Tuesday, September 01, 1998 4:34 AM
> To: Biblical Greek
> Subject: Lk 17:2
> Generally, this verse is understood to suggest that a millstone is
> "tied" or
> "hung' around the hapless soul's neck. is it possible that perikeitai
> "harnessed" around the neck of the offender- painting the picture that
> offensive person is like the ass tied to the grindstone?
> In other words- does the verse mean that the offender is like an ass
> tied to
> the stone? This seems to provide a very interesting image- much more
> interesting than a chap with a stone tied around his neck.
> Jim West, ThD
> Quartz Hill School of Theology
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