From: Neil Booth (neilbooth@bbb.ndo.co.uk)
Date: Sat Mar 04 2000 - 07:08:34 EST

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<DIV><FONT size=2>According to every translation of Matthew 1:20 that I can lay
my hands on, Joseph was merely "thinking about" or "considering" his decision to
put Mary away privately because of her pregnancy. Likewise, in Matthew 9:4, the
scribes are&nbsp;said merely to be "thinking" after they have heard
Jesus&nbsp;purport to forgive the sins of the paralytic. Three questions,
please, from an elementary Greeker:</FONT></DIV>
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<DIV><FONT size=2>1.&nbsp;Am I correct in thinking that the&nbsp;verb used in
both instances --&nbsp;ENQUMEOMAI -- must once have had a&nbsp;QUMOS content --
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<DIV><FONT size=2>2. If so, had that content completely disappeared by the time
Matthew came to use the verb?</FONT></DIV>
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<DIV><FONT size=2>3. If not, would it be permissible&nbsp;to translate the verb
as "to fret" or even "to fume"&nbsp;in both instances?</FONT></DIV>
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<DIV><FONT size=2>Neil Booth<BR>Bradford, England</FONT></DIV></DIV>
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