From: Stevens, Charles C (Charles.Stevens@unisys.com)
Date: Tue Nov 17 1998 - 13:50:50 EST
This seems unlikely since the author seems to be going to great pains to
describe the functioning of the pool *at that time* as a pool. I understand
your point, but if people are described as exchanging corn at "The Corn
Exchange" at a given point in time, I think it's safe to presume that the
title is descriptive rather than historical.
From: stilman davis [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, November 17, 1998 10:37 AM
To: Biblical Greek
Subject: Re: ESTIN in John 5:2
Another slant on this is this: if you live in an old country (e.g. somewhere
Europe) you will find that place names still linger, even if the referent
since disappeared or ceased its function, for instance "The Corn Exchange"
farmers would bring their corn (wheat, etc.) for trade with merchants) often
as a place name in smaller towns, but it is merely a shell of a building,
transformed into a theatre or community centre.
This does not negate what Jim West wrote, however.
Stilman Davis, UK
Jim West wrote:
> At 09:06 PM 11/16/98 -0800, you wrote:
> >The Greek text of John 5:2 LEGOMENH hEBRAISTI BHQZAQA.
> >Now there is in Jerusalem a pool, called in Hebrew Bethzatha.
> >This pool was destroyed in A.D. 70, along with the rest of Jerusalem.
> the use of the present tense ESTIN imply that this text was written prior
> the destruction of Jerusalem, which means the Gospel of John may have been
> written before A.D. 70?
> >Kyle Dillon
> No. All it indicates is that the author used the present tense here (as
> many other places) simply for the sake of vivid narration.
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