From: Jonathan Robie (Jonathan.Robie@SoftwareAG-USA.com)
Date: Thu Aug 02 2001 - 07:21:59 EDT
Luke 1:14 KAI POLLOI EPI THi GENESEI AUTOU XARHSONTAI
Zerwick says that GENNAW in the above passage means "to bear". Most
translations say that many will rejoice "at his birth", which seems like
the most obvious meaning. If I wanted to translate it "to bear", I think I
would read the phrase as something like "and he will bring joy to many",
but my brain is having a hard time coercing EPI THi GENESEI into that
meaning. Or perhaps this phrase could be read as "at his prompting"?
So here are my questions:
1. How do you think Zerwick would interpret the phrase as a whole, if he
believes the GENNAW means "to bear"?
2. What are the range of natural interpretations for the phrase EPI THi
3. Is there any reason to be dissatisfied with the traditional translation
"many will rejoice at his birth"?
EXISTANTO DE PANTES KAI DIHPOROUN, ALLOS PROS ALLON LEGONTES: TI QELEI
TOUTO EINAI; -- Acts 2:12
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