επι της θαλασση

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JamesAH
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επι της θαλασση

Post by JamesAH » May 4th, 2018, 9:49 am

Revelation 5:13 there is this part επι της θαλασση which translated is "on the sea". I'm wondering why John would use επι instead of εν or εις because it doesn't make sense when it's translated "on the sea" as far as the created things mentioned in the verse. I would think that "in the sea" would make more sense.
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Barry Hofstetter
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Re: επι της θαλασση

Post by Barry Hofstetter » May 5th, 2018, 8:37 am

I thought I saw this question recently somewhere else? Yes, it is a somewhat unusual use of the preposition in an author known for using what even his contemporaries would regard as non-standard Greek. Pretty clear nonetheless what he means, though.
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