From: Carl W. Conrad (email@example.com)
Date: Mon May 17 1999 - 06:43:18 EDT
At 10:42 PM -0400 5/16/99, Moon-Ryul Jung wrote:
>Carl, do you mean that
>>> EXELQONTI DE AUTWi EPI THN GHN hUPHNTHSEN ANHR (1)
>is the same as
>>> hUPHNTHSEN DE ANHR AUTWi EXELQONTI EPI THN GHN .(2) . .
>except for the word order?
>Is the word order in (1) chosen to emphasize EXELQONTI?
I think I'd want to say that EXELQONTI receives considerable emphasis by
position within a larger context: (a) I think it is a very common word
order, and (b) if we look at the larger context, we note that 8:26
succinctly sets the stage for the narrative to follow by telling of the
voyage across the lake and its destination, then describing the location,
then that 8:27 describes rather fully the demoniac and his relevant
background history but emphasizes at the outset that this man so described
is the very first thing encountered by Jesus as he disembarks from the
ship. It seems to me then that the opening of the pericope is very
carefully organized to suggest the DESTINED nature of this confrontation.
Although Luke does not say so in so many words, he seems to suggest (1)
that Jesus crossed the lake for the PURPOSE of meeting the demoniac, and
(2) that the demoniac either had foreknowledge of Jesus' arrival or spied
his ship from afar and hastened to meet him immediately upon his
Although I don't want to offer any comment on the priority of the three
synoptic versions of this pericope (Mt 8:28-34; Mk 5:1-20; Lk 8:26-39), a
careful examination of the way the pericope opens in each does make clear,
I think, the superior care taken by Luke in the initial set-up of this
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University
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