jdemail at charter.net
Tue Feb 8 10:15:28 EST 2005
The difference between GINOMAI words and GENNAW words became critical in
fourth-century debates regarding the nature of the divinity of Christ, but
copiests still coulnd't keep them straight. There are places in the writings
of Athanasius (e.g.) where I don't think we can know for sure whether he
wrote AGENNHTOS or AGENHTOS.
I don't have time to document my opinion adequately, but I don't think
MONADIKOS was a live option for the writer of the fourth gospel.
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> bertdehaan at sympatico.ca
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> Subject: [B-Greek] Begotten
> "T HILL" <terry_sda at blueyonder.co.uk>
> on 2005/02/04 Fri AM 04:06:43 EST
> Hi everyone
> My name is Terry and I live in England. I have just joined
> this list hoping
> that you can help me.
> I know that the word 'begotten' as translated from the Greek
> 'monogenes' has
> been probably discussed on this list many, many times but I
> would like to ask a
> question about it.
> Some (modern scholars it seems) say that 'monogenes' simply
> means 'unique' or
> 'one and only'. Now I have just read that the Greeks had (and
> still have) a
> specific word that means 'unique' or 'one and only' which is
> 'monadikos' (which
> i do not doubt). This article also said that it was used by
> such as Philo and
> Aristotle meaning that this word was available to the John
> the gospel writer
> who was the only Bible writer to apply 'monogenes' to Christ.
> I am seeking confirmation of this and would appreciate any
> help that anyone can
> give me. At the moment I am writing a paper on 'begotten' but
> am 'stuck' as far
> as this is concerned. What I would really like is a specific
> reference to any
> Greek writings (that I can quote) that actually used this
> word before the New
> Testament was written although any help, whatever it is would
> really be greatly
> Thanks in advance for any replies.
> If you check out LSJ on Perseus, you'll find several
> references, some of which are under the definition "unique"
> and "only". I don't have access to the references but maybe you do.
> I have a Modern Greek dictionary and I find it interesting
> that the only gloss it gives is "one and only".
> Bert de Haan.
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