Re: Didache 12:5

From: Bill Rodgers (
Date: Mon Feb 21 2000 - 08:11:13 EST

Bart:  I think "Christmonger" is an excellent translation of XRISTEMPOROS!!!  Not
only is it colorful, but it is also quite accurate.  The word "monger" may not be
used that much nowadays, but I can not think of a better word.  Vendor or hawker just
do not match it.

Bill W. Rodgers

Bart Ehrman wrote:

>    Did. 12:2-5 reads something like:
> 2 If the one who comes is simply passing by, help him as much as you
> can.  But he should not stay with you more than two or three days, if need
> be.
> 3 But if he wants to remain with you, and has a trade, let him work and
> eat.
> 4 But if he does not have a trade, use your understanding to realize in
> advance that  no idle Christian is to live with you.
> TOIOUTWN [But if he does not want to behave like this, he is a
> Christmonger.  Avoid such people.]
>    What do you think of "Christmonger" for XRISTEMPOROS?  Too
> unusual?  (the Greek too is a neologism)  Will people get it?
> -- Bart D. Ehrman
>    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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