Date: Tue Oct 16 2001 - 07:44:14 EDT
> Text: LEGEI AUTHi IHSOUS: MARIAM. STRAFEISA EKEINH LEGEI AUTWi hEBRAISTI:
> RABBOUNI (hO LEGETAI DIDASKALE).
> I've been asked off-list whether I don't think that "RABBOUNI" is an overly
> stiff and formal term for Mary to use for the Jesus whom she only now,
> after he has called her by name, recognizes. My response was that I thought
> it expressed simultaneous respect and adoration, but quite frankly I don't
> know what the implications and connotations of that term might be in this
> setting in Aramaic and thought it worth asking our Aramaic people on the
> list--Randall, Jack, others?--to comment. My correspondent says he couldn't
> imagine addressing a risen Lord with a term like "Doctor" or
> "Professor"--but I wonder whether, in the culture of the passage,
> "Teacher!" would really be so out of place.
your first instinct is correct. it is simultaneously a term of respect and
reverence. not at all out of place. interestingly it is less *respectful*
than the expected "adonai".
> Wie moechten denn die gelehrten Herren Doktoren zu antworten?
ich bin nicht eine gelehrten, aber ich bin eine Esel.
Jim West, ThD
Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies
Roane State Community COllege and Quartz Hill School of Theology
Biblical Studies Resources
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