1 John 1:1-Genitive of Connection?
ben.crick at argonet.co.uk
Mon Dec 20 16:23:39 EST 1999
On Mon 20 Dec 1999 (14:15:08), ilvgrammta at aol.com wrote:
> hO HN AP' ARXHS hO AKHKOAMEN hO hEWRAKAMEN TOIS OFQALMOIS hHMWN hO
> EQEASAMEQA KAI hAI XEIRES hHMWN EYHLAFHSAN PERI TOU LOGOU THS ZWHS.
> In his _First John Reader_ S.M. Baugh writes that THS ZWHS is a
> "genitive of connection." (where the word in the genitive highlights
> the subject matter of discourse. In this case, the "word of life.")
For my money it's a Hebraism; a literal rendering into Greek of the
Hebrew phrase D:BaR-HaCaYYiYM, "Word-of Life". Hebrew being short of
adjectives, the "construct relationship" can be used to turn a noun
into an adjective; here "Word-of Life" for "Living Word".
The writer is claiming to be an eyewitness of the One who is the Word
made flesh, the enfleshed LOGOS, identified in verse 3 as Jesus Christ,
the Son of the Father. The "eternal life" THN ZWHN THN AIWNION (verse 2)
is a reference to Christ's Resurrection, which the writer claims to have
seen and heard.
Revd Ben Crick, BA CF
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