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

Well, we've gotten to "demand back" and an implied subject at least, I should be happy...

Is the agent really specifically conceived of as God in the Wisdom verse? The τὸ τῆς ψυχῆς ἀπαιτηθεὶς χρέος is even more similar than Luke 12:20 to τὸ τέλος ὁ χρόνος ἀπαιτεῖ of Seikilos, where the subject is not God, but apparently an impersonal force.

Interesting to find this language in the two parts of our Bible collection most heavily influenced by Greek thought, Luke/Acts and Wisdom of Solomon. Here in Luke 12:20, of course, God is the one speaking to the man, making the claim that he refers to himself with this quasi-impersonal. Surely that would be an entirely unique use?

The idea of a soul being lent and requested back from man is much more compatible with the Platonic conception of the soul than the Jewish. Our sometimes Euripides-quoting author of Luke/Acts may have been an interesting guy.

Statistics: Posted by jeidsath — Wed Oct 25, 2023 11:12 am

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