From: Carl W. Conrad (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Oct 17 1999 - 00:04:54 EDT
At 9:03 PM -0600 11/16/99, David A Bielby wrote:
>I'm wondering if anyone has etymological information on SKOPOS.
>2) Idiomatic Expression data on the phrase in Phil 3:14.....KATA SKOPON
>3) historical information on a mountain near Jerusalem called Mt. Scopus.
>I heard about a teaching that said Paul had this mountain in mind when
>writing Phil.3:14...I cannot find anything in my resources (which are
>limited). I'm wondering if the mountain was named by Alexander the Great
>or some Greek Military commander who posted 'SKOPOS' on that
>mountain...or if there was some other reason for naming it that...such as
>pilgrims proclaiming they could see their final goal or destination when
>coming in to Jerusalem from the north.
>It would be interesting to know more about the history of the two
>meanings for SKOPOS.
I cannot say when the hilltop was first called SKOPOS, but I doubt
seriously that Paul had that in mind in Phil 3:14, where the sense is
pretty clearly the goal directly in view of a focused eye: the 'bull's eye"
as it were of his aim in life, which he describes as a running EIS TO
BRABEION THS ANW KLHSEWS, BRABEION here being the Greek equivalent of the
Latin META, the turning point which marked the start and finish point on
The root of the word is SKEP/SKOP with normal E/O vowel gradation; Steven
Miller has noted that SKEPTOMAI is related to this verb; so also is SKOPEW,
and there are other cognates. I may be mistaken, but I remember hearing at
some point that Latin verbs -SPICIO and the more common frequentative
SPECTO, "look at" is a cognate of SKEPTOMAI with reversal of the root
Carl W. Conrad
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