[b-greek] Re: HGERQH in Mark 2.12

From: Carl W. Conrad (cwconrad@artsci.wustl.edu)
Date: Mon Nov 13 2000 - 21:14:06 EST

At 8:16 PM -0500 11/13/00, Bill Coe wrote:
>Is HGERQH in Mark 2.12 a passive form? It doesn't seem to carry a passive
>sense--is there something inherent in the word that demands a passive

No it is not passive; the verb EGEIRW in the active means 'awaken, arouse';
in the middle EGEIROMAI it means "wake up" or "get up" or "arise"; the -QH-
forms of such verbs MAY be passive, but just as often the -QH- forms should
be understood as the aorist and future equivalents of -MAI/-SAI/-TAI forms
and understood as middle, and in this case even intransitive. It is
equivalent in meaning to ANESTH.


Carl W. Conrad
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