Re: Acts 20:28

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Thu Apr 22 1999 - 14:18:55 EDT

At 1:43 PM -0500 4/22/99, Joseph P Hennessy, MD wrote:
>In the above cited verse I find PROSECETE hEAUTOIS KAI PANTI TWi
>POIMNIWi... If PROSECETE is 2 pers pl imperative and hEAUTOIS is 3 pers pl
>reflexive (dat), why is it uniformly translated as "yourselves"? I
>understand that it makes clear sense this way, yet it is 3rd pers in the
>What am I not seeing here?

What you're not seeing is the difference between classical Attic
usage--where hEAUTOU/Wi/ON etc., etc. are all 3rd person reflexives--and
Hellenistic usage, where the form is used as a 2nd person and even as a 1st
person reflexive; where Attic had SEAUTWi OR hUMIN AUTOIS Koine quite
regularly (although not ALWAYS) has hEAUTWi or hEAUTOIS.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics/Washington University
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