Re: John 1:38

From: Carlton Winbery (
Date: Sat Nov 13 1999 - 14:16:02 EST

Garland H. Shinn wrote;

>The aorist passive participle STREPHEIS is used in John 1:38, and is
>usually translated "turning." Does anyone have insight into this Greek
>idiom? Why is the aorist active participle not used?
STREPHEIS is what some call a "passive reflexive," i.e., used more as a
middle. You may want to read what Carl Conrad has written on "passive
deponent" verbs in the archives. This is one instance that supports his
position. In any event it seems here to be used in the sense of "turned

Dr. Carlton L. Winbery
Foggleman Professor of Religion
Louisiana College
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