Luke 8:45 Who touched me? 

Greek : 

Literal Verse: 

Who [is] the one adhering himself of me? 

KJV : 

Luke 8:45 Who touched me? 

Interesting and Hidden Aspects: 

This statement is made when Jesus feels the power go out of him when the woman touches his clothing, seeking a cure for bleeding. Hidden in the Greek is the fact that Jesus did not know the sex of that person. It is the third short statement in a row following "Where is your faith?" and "Who are you?" Taken out of context, these statements may tell a story in themselves.

The word translated as "what" means primarily "anything" or "anyone," but Jesus often uses it to start a question so it means "who", "what", or even "why". The word is in the form of a subject but there is no active verb. In these cases the verb "is" can be assumed.

The Greek word translated as "touched" means to "fasten to", "to adhere to", "to cling to", "to have intercourse with a woman", ""to touch" and "to assail." It is an uncommon word for Jesus to use. It is  not an active verb, but a verbal adjective, "clinging" or "adhering". It is in the middle voice meaning the subject is also the object, "adhering himself". "Himself" because the sex is masculine, indicating the Jesus didn't know the sex of who touched him.

 "Me" is the regular first-person pronoun in Greek in the possessive form, so "my" or "of me". The "of me" form is needed because the object of the verbal adjective is the subject. We would say "adhering himself to me."

Related Verses: 

Greek Vocabulary: 

Τίς (irreg sg masc/fem nom) "Who" is tis which can mean "someone", "any one", "everyone", "they [indefinite]", "many a one", "whoever", "anyone", "anything", "some sort", "some sort of", "each", "any", "the individual", "such," and so on. In a question, it can mean "who", "why," or "what."

 ἁψάμενός [uncommon](part sg aor mid masc nom) "Touched" is from haptomai, which means to "fasten to", "to adhere to", "to cling to", "to have intercourse with a woman", ""to touch" and "to assail."

μου; (noun sg masc/fem gen) "Me" is eou, which means "me", and "mine". 

Front Page Date: 

Dec 5 2017