[b-greek] Re: Acts 22:16

From: Carl W. Conrad (cwconrad@artsci.wustl.edu)
Date: Thu Jul 13 2000 - 12:35:26 EDT

At 4:44 PM +0100 7/13/00, Maurice A. O'Sullivan wrote:
>At 13:01 13/07/00, Carl W. Conrad wrote:
>>I would say that
>>EPIKALESAMENOS agrees with the implicit subject of the 2d sg. aorist middle
>>imperatives. BAPTISAI and APOLOUSAI and is to be understood as indicating
>>coincident rather than prior action, and as showing HOW one is to get
>>baptized and have one's sins washed away.
>N/A ( and Swanson ) record one source -- P74 -- as reading EPIKALOUMENOS.
>So it looks as if one scribe and/or his community back in the 7th, century
>had decided
> to clear up any ambiguity about this question': or perhaps it had been
>raised long before that and was firmly part of their tradtion?
>However, Swanson has one variant reading --- in 33 -- of APOLUSE.
>Can I take this to be an unaugmented aorist?
>And how common was this in mss. of that period, I wonder?

I'd call it a solecism: it seems it could be several different things, from
an unaugmented 3d sg. aor. (but why a 3d sg. form here?) to an aorist
middle imptv with -SAI spelled -SE (but has -U- also been simplified from
-OU-?). I think most likely it's a phonetically mis-spelled APOLOUSAI.

(After all, there's nothing much to do but speculate with a form like this,
is there?)


Carl W. Conrad
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