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EPHPHATHA [Gk ephphatha (ἐφφαθα)]. Found in Mark 7:34 in words attributed to Jesus and addressed to a blind man whom he was healing, the word is there given a Gk translation, dianoichthēti, “be opened.” Since Wellhausen it has been widely regarded as reflecting the 2d person masc. sing. Ithpeʿel (reflexive-passive)
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Ephphatha. Transliteration in the imperative voice of the Aramaic expression “be opened,” used by Jesus in the healing of a deaf mute (Mk 7:34). No attempt at establishing a magical word formula was intended; the author apparently desired simply to preserve the actual wording. A connection with Isaiah
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
EPHPHATHA. The actual word addressed by Jesus to the deaf man (Mk. 7:34). It is probably an Aramaic imperative transliterated into Greek, and the Evangelist adds the translation (in Greek), ‘be opened’. The Aramaic Verb used is peṯaḥ, ‘to open’; it is not certain whether the simple passive (ethpeel)
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Ephphatha (Gk. Ephphatha)Greek transliteration of an Aramaic term in Jesus’ command that a man’s ears and mouth “be opened” so that the man can hear and speak (Mark 7:34). It represents the passive imperative verb pĕtaḥ, “to open.” Hellenistic miracles often contained unusual words which conveyed
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Catholic Bible Dictionary
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Ephphatha. The ceremony in the Roman Baptismal rite in which the celebrant in pronouncing the words ‘Ephphatha, that is Be opened’ (Mk. 7:34) touches the ears and mouth of the candidate, praying that he may hear and preach the faith. It is found from an early date in the Baptismal service for Easter