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Title: Passover as 'Passion'
Subtitle: A Folk Etymology in Luke 22,15
Author(s): REECE, Steve
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 100    Issue: 4   Date: 2019   
Pages: 601-610
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.100.4.3287300

Abstract :
Great significance is attached to the etymologies of proper names in the Hebrew Scriptures, in the Greek New Testament, and in ancient Greek and Latin literature generally. The author of Luke-Acts embraces this literary tradition, offering several subtle and sophisticated etymological wordplays on proper names for persons and places: Barnabas, Barjesus, Jesus, and Gaza. One that has been entirely overlooked is his etymological wordplay on the Hebrew festival name Pascha ('Passover'), which he associates with the Greek verb pascho ('to suffer'). This is not just a casual wordplay introduced as a literary device; rather, this etymological wordplay reinforces an important leitmotif that runs through the entirety of Luke-Acts: that Jesus is the new Passover lamb (Πάσχα) through whose suffering (πάσχω) salvation is offered to all.

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