1 Thess 2:15 ENANTIWN

Paul S. Dixon dixonps at juno.com
Wed Oct 28 21:36:30 EST 1998

On Wed, 28 Oct 1998 17:35:04 -0600 (CST) Michael Holmes
<holmic at bethel.edu> writes:
>At 04:32 PM 10/28/98 -0600, Carl Conrad responded to my note:
>>The problem with this is that ENANTI/WN in 1 Thess 2:15 cannot be 
>>participle--UNLESS it is a nominative sg. active of ENANTIOW; a 
>>gen. pl. of ENANTIOOMAI would be ENANTIOUMENWN. That having been 
>>there's nothing to prevent understanding ENANT/WN here as the 
>>plural of the adjective ENANTIOS/A/ON with an implicit ONTWN that 
>>yield the equivalent of a participle of ENANTIOOMAI.
>Sorry, but I do not take ENANTI/WN in 1 Th 2.15 as a participle, I 
>read it
>as an adjective.  My apologies for not re-writing the note a bit more
>expansively for re-use in response to Paul Dixon's query.  Permit me 
>re-post the note with an expanded first line or two and see if that 
>more sense for Carl and others.
>Paul's question was:
>>>>In 1 Thess 2:15 should ENANTIWN be taken as a participle
>>>>in parallel with the preceding participles APOKTEINANTWN
>>>>Or, should it be taken simply as an adjective (as BAG
>>>>has it listed under the adjective  ENANTIOS, A, ON rather
>>>>than the verb ENANTIOOMAI).
>A revised version of my reply:
> Regarding the four participles in 2:15-16a [APOKTEINANTWN, 
>"In 2:15b=9616a there are competing structural patterns: while the 
> three
>clauses of vv. 15=9616 are composed of a noun or pronoun phrase 
>followed by=
> a
>participle, in the fourth clause the noun phrase is followed by an 
>("hostile", i.e., EVAVTIWN) and then a participle ("hindering", i.e.,
>KWLUONTWN).  Both the NIV ("They ...
>are hostile to all men in their effort to keep us ...") and NRSV 
>("they ...
>oppose everyone by hindering us ...") emphasize the adjective, as it
>immediately follows the noun clause; they treat the adjective as if it 
>a participle parallel to the first three, and subordinate the 
>participle to it.  Alternatively, one may emphasize the obvious 
>of the four participles, as does the NASB ("not pleasing to God, but 
>to all men, hindering us ...").  But the NASB treats the linking 
>KAI as though it were a contrasting one ("but," DE or ALLA); instead
>translate "they are not pleasing to God and, hostile to humanity, are
>hindering us ..." (cf. E. J. Richard, Thessalonians, 121=96122).

Carl, Michael:

Thanks for your response and help.  I'll check out your commentary,

Both options make good sense here.  I suppose ENANTIOW is not 
a viable option.  At least I didn't find it in the NT, LXX, or MM.

Paul Dixon

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