BDAG at Rv 3:14 - Christ was the first creation now probable
emory2oo2 at hotmail.com
Tue Jan 23 15:36:16 EST 2001
>Any thoughts on the use of the genitive THS KTISEWS in Rev 3:14 (hH ARCH
>KTISEWS TOU QEOU)? Possibly objective, He begins God's creation? This could
>significantly affect the way we interpret hH ARCH.
I notice you give THS KTISEWS a verbal idea (he begins) in your question. hH
ARCH as "begin" or "beginning" when used of an individual seems odd to me. I
guess I see this as simply: the ruler of God's creation. (How about for hH
ARCH we translate it "the initiator" of God's creation.)
And yet, do we ever find the concept of "coming into being" (as in "being
born") when KTISEWS is used in relation to A SPECIFIC INDIVIDUAL, as opposed
to creation in general?
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