Hebrews 2:7

Kevin L. Barney klbarney at yahoo.com
Wed Oct 14 22:42:20 EDT 1998

The authorities I have available in my meager little home library line up 
this way:

"a little lower"  KJV and NIV

"for a little while"  RSV, NEB, Dummelow and A Grammatical Analysis of the 
Greek New Testament.

I point this out *not* because I think counting authorities can settle this 
kind of question, but simply to illustrate that someone must think there is 
a reasonable argument for the latter interpretation.  Does anyone have some 
more extended commentary (International Critical Commentary?  Anchor 
Bible?) on the Greek text here that goes into this issue in more detail?

BTW, I found the variations in the Psalm passage similarly interesting.  Of 
course, the KJV has "a little lower than the angels."  I don't have the NIV 
OT.  The RSV has "little less than God."  And the NEB has "little less than 
a god."  [Zounds!  Shades of John 1:1c.  ;-)]

Kevin L. Barney
Hoffman Estates, Illinois
klbarney at yahoo.com

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