Koine and Biblical and Medieval Greek • Luke 12:20. Who are “they”?

Ἄφρων, ταύτῃ τῇ νυκτὶ τὴν ψυχήν σου ἀπαιτοῦσιν ἀπὸ σοῦ

Solution 1) Modern Bible translators mostly like to solve this by pretending that the ἀπαιτοῦσιν isn't there.

But here are two others ideas that occur to me:

Solution 2) The Seikilos epitaph has a parallel use, with personified Time serving as the subject: τὸ τέλος ὁ χρόνος ἀπαιτεῖ. Still, what sort of "they" would God have in mind?

Solution 3) The easiest reading for me is to understand it as Luke "Eat the Rich" Evangelist, MD, describing a group of human agents. That is, a group of men who will murder the rich man, presumably for his money.

Statistics: Posted by jeidsath — Sun Oct 01, 2023 12:13 am

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