Carl W. Conrad
cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Mon Oct 19 08:52:40 EDT 1998
At 7:17 AM -0500 10/19/98, John M. Sweigart wrote:
>I have been looking at this verse with surrounding context lately and
>have been wondering if the phrase EPI KLHSEWS ANW defines the "prize"
>that Paul is pursuing.
>I am aware of the textual problem with the preposition. If the
>prepositional phrase does not define the "prize" then what are the other
>grammatical options for the phrase?
The text: KATA SKOPON DIWKW EIS TO BRABEION THS ANW KLHSEWS TOU QEOU EN
CRISTWi IHSOU. (i.e., ANW is sandwiched between the article and KLHSEWS, so
that there can be no question, at least, about the reference of ANW).
My own inclination would be to understand THS ANW KLHSEWS as partitive and
understand the sense of the whole (most literally as) "On the course of the
upward calling of God in Christ Jesus I press goalward toward the prize."
On the other hand, I don't really see any impediment to understanding THS
ANW KLHSEWS as an adnominal limiting genitive. Seems to me that there are a
number of ways of construing these elements but that they all yield the
same fundamental sense.
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics/Washington University
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