Re: John 1:5 - aspect

From: John Barach (
Date: Tue Jan 11 2000 - 11:43:09 EST

Joe Friberg asks about the translation of KATELABEN:

> This dual nuance has always fascinated me. It seems
> that translations usually go one way or the other on
> this. But is there a way in translation to retain the
> tension of both possible meanings? My only suggestion
> so far would be to use 'seize' since this would generally
> connote hostility, but might lend itself to the grasping
> connotation as well.

BAGD suggests "master" as a similarly ambiguous word: "The light is
shining in the darkness, and the darkness did not master it."



John Barach (403) 317-1950
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