[B-Greek] 2 Cor 1:12, EN hAPLOTHTI KAI EILIKRINEIAi TOU QEOU
George F Somsel
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Fri Aug 10 15:41:26 EDT 2007
I would agree with Carl on this. Perhaps more significantly, Harris in _The New International Greek Testament Commentary: The Second Epistle to the Corinthians_ also seems to concur when he states
ὅτι ἐν ἁγιότητι καὶ εἰλικρινείᾳ τοῦ θεοῦ, καὶ οὐκ ἐν σοφίᾳ σαρκικῇ ἀλλʼ ἐν χάριτι θεοῦ, ἀνεστράφημεν ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ, περισσοτέρως δὲ πρὸς ὑμᾶς [hOTI EN hAGIOTHTI KAI EILIKRINEIAi TOU QEOU, KAI OUK N SOFIAi SARKIKHi ALL' EN XARITI QEOU, ANESTRAFHMEN EN TWi KOSMWi, PERISSOTERWS DE PROS hUMAS]. “That we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, in godly holiness and sincerity, not with worldly wisdom but relying on God’s grace.”
Harris, M. J. (2005). The Second Epistle to the Corinthians : A commentary on the Greek text (185). Grand Rapids, Mich.; Milton Keynes, UK: W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co.; Paternoster Press.
Similarly Plummer in _A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Epistle of St Paul to the Corinthians_ likewise states
The exact force of τοῦ Θεοῦ [TOU QEOU] is uncertain; ‘superlative,’ ‘approved by God,’ ‘divine,’ ‘godlike,’ ‘godly’ have been suggested and are possible; but ‘derived from God’ or ‘God-given’ is more likely to be right, and the gen. probably belongs to both nouns; ‘God-given holiness (simplicity) and sincerity.
Plummer, A. (1915). A critical and exegetical commentary on the Second epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians. (25). New York: Scribner.
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----- Original Message ----
From: Carl W. Conrad <cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu>
To: Paul Toseland <toseland at blueyonder.co.uk>
Cc: B-Greek at lists.ibiblio.org
Sent: Friday, August 10, 2007 2:12:16 PM
Subject: Re: [B-Greek] 2 Cor 1:12, EN hAPLOTHTI KAI EILIKRINEIAi TOU QEOU
On Aug 10, 2007, at 2:18 PM, Paul Toseland wrote:
> hH GAR KAUCHSIS hHMWN hAUTH ESTIN, TO MARTURION TOU SUNEIDHSEWS hHMWN,
> hOTI EN hAPLOTHTI KAI EILIKRINEIAi TOU QEOU, KAI OUK EN SOFIAi
> ALL' EN CARITI QEOU, ANESTRAFHMEN EN KOSMWi, PERISSOTERWS DE PROS
> In the phrase EN hAPLOTHTI KAI EILIKRINEIAi TOU QEOU, does TOU QEOU
> qualify EILIKRINEIAi alone, or hAPLOTHTI KAI EILIKRINEIAi?
I would say that it construes with both, since there is no article;
but as the text stands, the more significant question is how the
genitive TOU QEOU is related to either or -- more likely -- both
nouns. I am inclined to think that NET has it right, "with pure
motives and sincerity which are from God"; hAPLOTHS is want of
duplicity rather than "simplicity" in the more common sense of the
English word. These must be God-given qualities of character as
opposed to being self-derived. I would even surmise that EN CARITI
QEOU clarifies the phrase EN hAPLOTHTI KAI EILIKRINEIAi TOU QEOU.
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)
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