[B-Greek] Eph. 3:6
thedifferentiator at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 28 13:15:18 EDT 2005
I have a question regarding what I have deemed to be
an incorrect translation of the word susOma in this
verse. I have come across the rendering
"joint-bodies" and the argument is that it must be
translated as a plural since it refers to "nations"
all being "equal".
I propose two possible literal translations that would
recognize the force of the three "joint" plural
adjectives. I will apply "en pneumati" to verse 6 as
1)"In spirit, the Gentiles to be joint-heir (one)s,
and joint-body (one)s, and joint-partaker (one)s of
the promise in Christ Jesus,"
2)"In spirit, the Gentiles (are) to be joint-heir
people, and joint-body people, and Joint-partaker
people of the promise in Christ Jesus,"
I believe to make "sunklEroma" read as "joint-heirs"
is not strictly correct because it has the effect of
making this plural adjective a noun in English. I
think this is also true of "sunmetocha" and that it is
strictly speaking as a plural adjective and ought not
be translated "joint-partakers".
Since these three words "sunklEroma", "susOma", and
"sunmetocha" are all adjectives that modify "ta ethnE"
then an ellipsis of the noun should be understood
after each adjective. Something like "ones" or
"people" or "Gentiles" for example.
This rendering of "joint-heirs" and "joint-partakers"
has lead this translator to incorrectly in my opinion,
argue that "susOma" should be rendered as
I would appreciate knowing if I am "off the track"
here or correct.
Wagener, SC USA
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