DeSilva's take on βιάζεται?

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Philip Arellond
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DeSilva's take on βιάζεται?

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Matt. 11:12 ἀπὸ δὲ τῶν ἡμερῶν Ἰωάνου τοῦ βαπτιστοῦ ἕως ἄρτι ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν βιάζεται, καὶ βιασταὶ ἁρπάζουσιν αὐτήν.

Moises DeSilva's updated the Dictionary of NT Theology, adding an Exegetical component to the older volume has been released. I don't have access to a library with the revision, but wondered if anyone knows what his understanding of βιάζεται in the above Matthew quote is, in particular whether he feels it is a middle or passive and what Jesus is saying about the particular aspect of the kingdom he is discussing.

Thanks for any help you may offer.

Stephen Hughes
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Re: DeSilva's take on βιάζεται?

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I realise that you are asking a specific question here in this thread, but anyway, let me add this as a side note.
Acts 16:15 wrote:ὡς δὲ ἐβαπτίσθη καὶ ὁ οἶκος αὐτῆς, παρεκάλεσεν λέγουσα· Εἰ κεκρίκατέ με πιστὴν τῷ κυρίῳ εἶναι, εἰσελθόντες εἰς τὸν οἶκόν μου μείνετε· καὶ παρεβιάσατο ἡμᾶς.
I think that is something like "and she wouldn't take "No" for an answer." It is in the positive context of παρεκάλεσεν λέγουσα.
Γελᾷ δ' ὁ μωρός, κἄν τι μὴ γέλοιον ᾖ
(Menander, Γνῶμαι μονόστιχοι 108)
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