[B-Greek] 2Cor 4:3-4 (was 2Cor 3:15-16 hHNIKA ... AN)
kline_dekooning at earthlink.net
Mon Feb 8 15:16:49 EST 2010
In 2Cor 3:15-16 I don't think Paul is using the Exodus 34:34... passage in any direct manner. There is no direct citation. He borrows some terminology to transform it into a visual metaphor for his own use. The connection is very loose. So regardless of how we "parse" Exodus 34:34... we need to read 2Cor 3:15-16 in light of Paul's thoughts not the LXX.
On Feb 5, 2010, at 6:28 AM, Brian Abasciano wrote:
> On Feb 5, 2010, at 6:28 AM, Brian Abasciano wrote:
> As for my statement that "Apart from the reading, there would be no experience of the veil", I think that is one sound way of expressing what the text itself says.
IMO, this is an incorrect reading. Look at the immediate context.
2Cor. 4:3 εἰ δὲ καὶ ἔστιν κεκαλυμμένον τὸ εὐαγγέλιον ἡμῶν, ἐν τοῖς ἀπολλυμένοις ἐστὶν κεκαλυμμένον, 4 ἐν οἷς ὁ θεὸς τοῦ αἰῶνος τούτου ἐτύφλωσεν τὰ νοήματα τῶν ἀπίστων εἰς τὸ μὴ αὐγάσαι τὸν φωτισμὸν τοῦ εὐαγγελίου τῆς δόξης τοῦ Χριστοῦ, ὅς ἐστιν εἰκὼν τοῦ θεοῦ.
2Cor. 4:3 EI DE KAI ESTIN KEKALUMMENON TO EUAGGELION hHMWN, EN TOIS APOLLUMENOIS ESTIN KEKALUMMENON, 4 EN hOIS hO QEOS TOU AIWNOS TOUTOU ETUFLWSEN TA NOHMATA TWN APISTWN EIS TO MH AUGASAI TON FWTISMON TOU EUAGGELIOU THS DOXHS TOU CRISTOU, hOS ESTIN EIKWN TOU QEOU.
The periphrastic constituent ESTIN KEKALUMMENON (used twice) appears to be stative. Here the veil metaphor is applied to the TO EUAGGELION illustrating Paul's artful play on the Exodus 34:34 imagery (terminology). Then he goes on to explain what this means EN hOIS hO QEOS TOU AIWNOS TOUTOU ETUFLWSEN TA NOHMATA TWN APISTWN. So the immediate context explains the notion of the veil over the TO EUAGGELION as a state brought about an agent hO QEOS TOU AIWNOS TOUTOU.
All of this is hard reconcile with:
> "Apart from the reading, there would be no experience of the veil"
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