Mk 3.5

From: Andrew T. Dolan, M.A., Ph.D. Cand. (
Date: Tue Apr 13 1999 - 22:01:30 EDT

In Mk 3.5 the participle periblepsamenos is in the middle voice, but I'm not
sure why it's not active instead. I understand the middle to express
actions done for or unto oneself, which thereby undercuts the dichotomy of
subject and object. I can only make sense of the middle here in that Jesus
was looking around so as to be on guard, thus looking out for himself.


Andrew T. Dolan, Ph.D. Cand.
Core Adjunct Professor of Religion and Classics
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