dative of sphere

Kevin W. Woodruff cierpke at utc.campuscw.net
Fri Jan 1 17:32:42 EST 1999


I usually think of it as a metaphoric use of the dative (or locative) of
place. Since Christ is not an actual location, they call it sphere


At 02:45 PM 1/1/99 EST, you wrote:
>	I am having trouble understanding exactly how to think of the dative of
>sphere.  I have read Wallace's discussion, but for some reason I am still
>having trouble.  Here is an example:
>AKOUSANTES THN PISTIN uMWN EN XRISTW (COLOSSIANS 1:4A)
>
>Many commentators identify this as not speaking of the colossians putting
>their faith into Christ (which appears to usually be expressed with EIS) but
>their faith in the sphere of Christ.  I would appreciate any suggestions that
>would help the light go on in my head.
>
>Jonathan Brubaker
>upoxarin at aol.com
>
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