From: Jon R. Venema (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Oct 24 1999 - 11:37:12 EDT
>written by "Dmitriy Reznik"
>I wonder if the word OMOLOGEW should be translated as "confess". This
>English word seems to me to be too religious. Maybe it is enough to
>translate it as "acknowledge"? Was it used with this meaning in common
In addition to what has already been clarified by Maurice and Carl, it
may be of additional interest to note the frequent use of hOMOLOGEW
(and cognates) in papyrus contracts where the term signifies the
acknowledgement of formal agreement or consent.
hOMOLOGW MEMETHSQAI DIA SOU PARA PTOLEMAIOU TOU SITOL(OGOUNTOS)...,
B.G.U. 1232 (3rd-2nd cent. BC) Hunt and Edgar translate this: "I
acknowledge that I have received through you from Ptolemaeus the
sitologus..." (This exact expression occurs 2x in B.G.U. 1232)
KURIA hH EPIDOCH, PERI hHS EPERWTHQEIS hWMOLOGHSA, POxy. 2109 (AD 261)
Hunt and Edgar translate this: "This engagement is valid, and in answer
to the formal qustion concerning it I gave my consent."
hOMOLOGEI, P.Lond 306 (AD 145) ("acknowleges")
hOMOLGOUNTA, P.Lond 306 (AD 145)("acknowledging")
hOMOLOGEI, P.Oxy 1626 (AD 342) ("acknowledges")
EPERWTHQENTES hWMOLOGHSAN, P.Oxy 1626 (AD 342) ("in answer to the formal
question they have given their consent")
EPERWTH(QENTES) hWMOL(OGHSAMEN), P.Oxy 1626 (AD 342) ("in answer to the
formal question we have given our consent")
EPERWTHQEIS hWMOLOGHSA, P.Oxy 2125 (AD 220-221) ("in answer to the
formal question I have given my consent")
EPERWTHQEIS hWMOLOGHSA, P.Oxy 84 (AD 316)
[hOM]OLOGEIAS, P.Cairo Masp. 67032 (AD 551) "agreements"
[hOMOL]OGOU[NT]E[S] ALL[H]LOIS P.Cairo Masp. 67032 (AD 551) "agreeing with
Hope this also contributes.
Jon R. Venema
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