[B-Greek] Rom. 1:17
dirkzwager at pandora.be
Wed Mar 2 03:39:08 EST 2005
An interesting parallel. The construction is of the type of the Latin "manus
manum lavat" (hand washes hand), what means that one hand is washing *the
So in Psalm 84 people, being on pelgrimage, are going from one "strength" to
another. And the explanation you are giving is mine too.
In Rom 1: 17 Paul is writing about TO EUAGGELION (verse 16). That word has
often the meaning "telling* the gospel".
EN AUTWi (verse 17) is then "in the proclamation of the gospel". This
interpretation is corroborated by the use of APOKALUPTETAI: there is a
revelation of the possibilities of the gospel to those who do not believe.
EK PISTEWS EIS PISTIN will be in this connection: from the PISTIS of the
believer who is telling the gospel to (taken with final force) the PISTIS of
the person who has to become a Christian. So "from one belief to another".
Dr. A. Dirkzwager
e-mail dirkzwager at pandora.be
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Verzonden: woensdag 2 maart 2005 4:41
Onderwerp: [B-Greek] Rom. 1:17
> (Apology to Muzi, who receives this twice)
> Dear B-Greek,
> I was reading Psalm 84:7 and thought it might be suggestive for the
> meaning of "from faith to faith" in Rom 1:17. The relevant line of
> the Psalm is: "They go from strength unto strength." This means that
> those who travel to Jerusalem for the annual festivals actually
> increased in strength as they traveled (contrary to natural
> expectation). Could the words in Rom 1:17 be a Semiticism meaning
> that people are saved to every increasing levels of faith? "But the
> righteousness of God is revealed in it from faith unto faith, just as
> it is written, 'The righteous will live by faith.'" The righteousness
> of God is revealed in the Gospel by faith and leading to more faith.
> The Greek OT uses the same prepositions EIS and EK that Paul uses.
> Harold Holmyard
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