Matthew 22:23

A Workbook of New Testament Greek

Jesus has answered the question about paying tribute to Caesar, and his questioners have gone away.

ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῇ ἡμέρᾳ . . . . on that the day

προσῆλθον αὐτῷ . . . .  they approached him

Σαδδουκαῖοι, λέγοντες . . . . Sadducees, saying

μή εἶναι ἀνάστασιν, . . .  not to be a resurrection

καί ἐπηρώτησαν αὐτόν . . . . and they asked him

The same day Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection, and they asked him a question  (ESV)


Προσῆλθον is the aorist active indicative of προσέρχομαι, ‘I approach, I come near’.  As with all derivatives of ἔρχομαι, this is a second aorist, and is not deponent itself.  In theory, προσῆλθον could be first-person singular rather than third-person plural (the forms are spelled the same) but context makes it clear that the latter is correct.

The form ἀνάστασιν is the…

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