From: Carl W. Conrad (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Nov 07 2001 - 06:43:15 EST
At 6:18 AM +0000 11/7/01, Mark Wilson wrote:
>When describing Amnon's incestuous relationship with
>his 1/2 sister Tamar, the LXX uses AGAPAW.
>Seems odd to me. Anyone have an explanation for this?
I've read David McKay's fine response to this; I would only add:
He "preferred" her sexually--wanted her more than anything else! cf. Gen
34:3, the subject is Shechem, son of a Canaanite chieftain: KAI PROSESCEN
THi YUCHi DINAS THS QUGATROS IAKWB KAI HGAPHSEN THN PARQENON ...
In addition to other passages David cited, you might also consider Ps 4:3
hINA TI AGAPATE MATAIOTHTA ...? Ps 10:5 hO DE AGAPWN ADIKIAN MISEI THN
hEAUTOU YUCHN. Anders Nygren and others have led us down the primrose path
with regard to the meaning of AGAPH by underscoring one of its senses as if
it were the only one and the most common one in Greek--even Biblical Greek.
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Emeritus)
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