[B-Greek] Meaning of EIS in Philemon 6
George F Somsel
gfsomsel at juno.com
Fri Feb 11 13:38:11 EST 2005
On Fri, 11 Feb 2005 13:00:51 -0500 "Walter Joiner"
<wjoiner at wilbursmith.com> writes:
> There was some confusion in my reading group about the use of EIS in
> Philemon verse 6:
> THS PISTEWS SOU ENERGHS GENHTAI EN EPIGNWSEI PANTOS AGATHOU TOU EN
> EIS XRISTON (hope that transliterated right)
> We noticed that in some English translations this is translated "in
> Christ" (ie NIV) while others use "for Christ's sake" (ie NASB).
> in the greek grammer would send you to either meaning, or is it a
> contextual issue not a grammatical one?
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You probably noted that there are two prepositions in this verse -- EN
and EIS. Sometimes there isn't much distinction between the two and
sometimes there is. When the two appear in proximity, I would assume
that there is a distinction. EIS strictly indicates a movement into
whereas EN indicates being within. Another use of EIS is that of the
goal which is what it would seem the translators of the NASB understood
it to be. There is yet another use which I would tend to favor, viz.
"with reference to, with respect to." I recognize that this is not the
common understanding, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it (maybe).
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