Luke 10:13 - Woe?

From: Joseph Brian Tucker (
Date: Tue Aug 24 1999 - 12:55:40 EDT



In an effort to capture the color and force of OUAI, the Scholars Version
of the Jesus Seminar translates OUAI SOI BHQSAIDA "Damn you, Bethsaida!" At
the expense of trying to be current, the use of "damn" loses, not the sense
of anger, but certainly the sense of the gravity and pain conveyed by the
original OUAI. As O. Betz notes such, "vulgarizing" destroys the orginal
thrust of Jesus' words. (_Theologische Literaturzeitung_ 119 (1994), no.
11, p. 989).

What is the best understanding of OUAI and can someone provide another way
to capture the original color and force of the OUAI?

Brian Tucker, M.A.
Riverview, MI

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