to lay hands upon

From: Wieland Willker (
Date: Sun Aug 01 1999 - 10:16:51 EDT

7:30 ezhtoun oun auton piasai kai oudeis
epebalen ep auton thn ceira oti oupw elhluqei
h wra autou
7:44 tines de hqelon ex autwn piasai auton all
oudeis epebalen ep auton tas ceiras

kai epebalon [tas] cei[ras] autwn ep auton oi [arcon]tes [in]a piaswsin
kai par[adwsin] auton tw oclw. kai ouk e[dunanto] auton piasai oti oupw
e[lhluqei] autou h wra ths parado[sews.]

"And the rulers laid their hands upon him to seize him and hand him over
to the crowd.
And they could not take him because the hour of his arrest had not yet

What does it mean to "lay hands upon him"? Do they have him physically
in their hands? I don't think so.

Best wishes

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