Mark 7:8 & Ellipsis

From: Jay Adkins (
Date: Wed Mar 17 1999 - 08:33:52 EST

Please help me again,

As a ╬little Greek' I try and read the postings here to learn and not be
too bothersome with every question I have. I have submitted a couple of
questions and your responses have been very helpful. One was a basic
oversight on my part, the other gave confirmation that on at least one
verse I really did know what I was talking about. Pointing out my error
was helpful in preventing the same type of mistake again and the
confirmation was very uplifting. So Thank you very much for allowing a
╬little Greek' such as me to participate. I have no where else to go for
help as I am disabled and on a fixed (rather broken) income. The Lord has
renewed my interest in translating His Word so as to be a better teacher
and good student. My formal education in Greek was only two years at
seminary twenty years ago so in addition to joining b-greek I have
purchased several new volumes of resource material. The only problem with
the resource material I have is a lack of feedback, so please allow me to
ask the b-greek another question I hope is not too basic.

The NEB translates Mark 7:8, "You neglect the commandment of God, in order
to maintain the tradition of men."
Mark 7:8 (NASU) "Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the
tradition of men."
Mark 7:8 (NIV) You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to
the traditions of men."

Is it correct to add ╬in order to' between ╬God,' & ╬you' as the NEB has
done. When I first read this and translated it, I had inserted ╬in order
to', then removed it after further consideration, now I am unsure which is
best. Bullinger does not address the verse in his book "Figures of Speech
Used in the Bible" and I am not sure what the rules of ellipsis are, even
after reading most of what he has to say about it. Did I just miss it,
then need to go back and reread it?
Many translations add the word ╬and' at this same location: NIV; NRSV; RSV;
AMP; & TCNT. Some add nothing at all: NASB; KJV; BBE; YLT. In at least a
few of these translations where nothing is added, 'in order to' seems
almost implied.
The next verse uses ╬INA', (╬in order that') in the same context of not
holding to God's law ╬in order that' man's traditions can be kept.
Repetition is certainly a Hebraism and that could be what was intended
here. Even if we assume Mark was writing to Gentiles, there seems no
reason to assume that he would not simply repeat some of Jesus' own
Hebraistic phrasing when trying to record His sayings.
The fact of the matter is, I do not know the rules of the game well enough
to play at this point. Please help!

Jay Adkins

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