[B-Greek] Providing for the Cast Members
George F Somsel
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Thu Jan 8 17:50:55 EST 2009
Καὶ αὐτὸ τοῦτο δὲ σπουδὴν πᾶσαν παρεισενέγκαντες ἐπιχορηγήσατε ἐν τῇ πίστει ὑμῶν τὴν ἀρετήν, ἐν δὲ τῇ ἀρετῇ τὴν γνῶσιν,
KAI AUTO TOUTO DE SPOUDHN PASAN PAREISENEGKATES EPIXORHGHSATE EN THi PISTEI hUMWN THN ARETHN, EN DE THi ARETHi THN GNWSIN
I think Vincent has fallen victim to the etymological fallacy here. While was used in the sense of "to defray the cost of bringing out a chorus", it also has other meanings such as supporting one's wife or convey a gift. Here it seems to indicate supporting faith with virtue and virtue with knowledge. Context is everything.
… search for truth, hear truth,
learn truth, love truth, speak the truth, hold the truth,
defend the truth till death.
- Jan Hus
From: Steve Miller <steve_miller at sil.org>
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Sent: Thursday, January 8, 2009 2:05:50 PM
Subject: [B-Greek] Providing for the Cast Members
(II P 1:5) Vincent says, "The verb rendered /add/ (EPICORNGNSATE) is
derived from COROS, a /chorus/, such as was employed in the
representation of the Greek tragedies. The verb originally means /to
bear the expense of a chorus/, which was done by a person selected by
the state, who was obliged to defray all the expenses of training and
maintenance. In the New Testament the word has lost this technical
sense, and is used in the sense of /supplying/ or /providing/." Wuest
quotes Vincent on the same verse. Vincent goes on to say that the Greek
means "/to develop one virtue in the exercise of another/."
Is there any indication from the text that maybe Peter did have the
technical sense of providing for cast members in mind? When I read this
sense, I got an image of a believer providing the living expenses for
his own cast members. One cast member is faith, another cast member is
self-control, and so forth. The believer should pay handsomely to have
this chorus to sing out for the watching world.
This is not supported by any of the references I have, so I'm wondering
if I'm reading too much into the text, or if the meaning is really
there. It is a wonderful image to my mind, and I'd love to keep it.
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