[B-Greek] AGIA and AGIA AGION in Hebrews chapter 9
m7feettall at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 18 22:17:54 EDT 2006
I have some questions about the terms used to describe the holy place and most holy place in Hebrews 9.
9:2 SKÃNÃ GAR KATESKEUASTHÃ Ã PRÃTÃ EN Ã Ã TE LUCHNIA KAI Ã TRAPEZA KAI Ã PROTHESIS TÃN ARTÃN ÃTIS LEGETAI AGIA.
Here it reads AGIA. It could theoretically be nominative, singular feminine or accusative, neuter, plural.
It seems to make more sense that it is neuter plural since it seems to be in the accusative position, and I am not aware of LEGETAI being intransitive, etc.
But in reading some think it could be modifying SKENE. That seemed a bit strained to me, but could be wrong.
Also, verse 2 is an obvious reference to the first compartment, with verse 3 referencing the second. And the phrase fits that AGIA AGION (holies of holies? Most holy?).
Why then does it seem to revert back to using just AGIA later when the implication seems to be from the text that Jesus entered into the Most Holy Place, in fulfillment of the OT Day of atonement ritual?
For instance in vs. 12 it says:
OUDE DI AIMATOS TRAGÃN KAI MOSCHÃN DIA DE TOU IDIOU AIMATOS EISÃLTHEN EPHAPAX EIS TA AGIA AIÃNIAN LUTRÃSIN EURAMENOS
So I guess here are my questions:
Do you think AGIA in verse 2 is neuter plural or singular feminine?
If AGIA is neuter plural is it translated simply holy place?
Is the phrase in verse 2 particular to the first compartment or is it a more generic term referring to the whole temple?
Why doesnât he use AGIA AGION later in the passage to re-emphasize that Christ entered into the equivalent of the second compartment, the presence of God?
Is AGIA later in the passage a reference to all of the holy places (plural).
Thanks in advance for the help!
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