From: Ed Gorham (egorham@Ackerley.com)
Date: Fri Apr 02 1999 - 08:25:37 EST
TAFOS is basically a hole in the ground in which a corpse is placed, while
MNEMEION is a monument, a memorial ("you build memorials to the prophets" -
Lk. 11:47). In Mk. 5:2, the demoniac is not living in a hole in the ground
but in a MNEMEION, a burial cave or tomb constructed above ground.
I'm guessing here, and would need to do more study, but I suspect that TAFOS
is sort of a generic word, while MNEMEION more specfically refers to the
kind of above-ground tomb which Joseph of Aramathea, a rich, well-to-do-man,
gave for the burial of Jesus. I'll be interested to see the other responses
as well from the bigger Greeks.
Hope that helps.
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