Luke 8:30 What is thy name?

Greek : 

Literal Verse: 

Anything your name is it? 

KJV : 

Luke 8:30 What is thy name?

Interesting and Hidden Aspects: 

The word translated as "what" means primarily "anything" or "anyone," which are used as "what", "who", and "why" in questions.  

The verb "is" here is the common form of "to be" in Greek. It means to have a certain characteristic or remain in a certain condition.

The "your" here appears before the noun, which is often not the case in the Greek. It is also the adjective form, rather than the pronoun form. 

The Greek word translated as "name" is much more complicated than it might at first appear. It can simply mean a "name" as in English, this can be many things. It doesn't mean the thing itself, but what people call it. For example, it can mean a "false name," or "a pretense" as we say "this is a marriage in name only." It can also mean representing another person's authority, as we say, "he is acting in the name of the boss."

Related Verses: 

Greek Vocabulary: 

Τί  (irreg sg neut nom) "What" 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." 

σοὶ  (adj pl masc nom) "You" is soi which is the singular, second person pronoun, "you".

ὄνομά (noun sg neut nom) "Name" is onoma, which means "name." It means both the reputation of "fame," and "a name and nothing else," as opposed to a real person. Acting in someone's name means to act on their behalf, as their representative. 

ἐστιν; (verb 3rd sg pres ind act) "Is" is eimi, which means "to be", "to exist", "to be the case," and "is possible." (. The 3rd person present indicative is "esti.")

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Dec 4 2017