Rom 12:9 hH AGAPH ANUPOKRITOS

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Thu Jan 7 09:03:25 EST 1999


At 8:07 AM -0500 1/7/99, Jonathan Robie wrote:
>At 03:41 AM 1/7/99 -0600, Carl W. Conrad wrote:
>>At 9:46 PM -0500 1/6/99, Jonathan Robie wrote:
>>>I was doing a study of the attributes of love, and I ran into this verse:
>>>
>>>Rom 12:9 hH AGAPH ANUPOKRITOS
>>>
>>>I interpreted this as meaning "love is genuine" (or perhaps "love does not
>>>play-act", which changes the adjective into a verb, but seems to express
>>>the same thought). But when I turned to five translations (NRSV, REB, NAB,
>>>NJB, NASB), *none* of them interpreted it this way. They all said something
>>>like "*let* love be sincere".
>>>
>>>Why? What am I missing?
>>
>>Context, I think, primarily. This little snippet is in a sequence of
>>ethical parenesis. If you'll look at the snippets preceding and following
>>it, you'll see, I think, that there's a quality of what I'd call Laconian
>>eloquence: participles here may serve as imperatives, as in the remainder
>>of verse 9: APOSTUGOUNTES TO PONHRON, KOLLWMENOI TWi AGAQWi--and continuing
>>all the way through verse 13, at the end of which we finally get a direct
>>imperative: EULOGEITE KAI MH KATARASQE. Then follows an infinitive
>>functioning as an imperative: CAIREIN META CAIRONTWN, KLAIEIN META TWN
>>KLAIONTWN.
>
>[SNIP!]
>
>I can see that for the participles and the infinitives. In "hH AGAPH
>ANUPOKRITOS", isn't ANUPOKRITOS and adjective? Can an adjective function as
>an imperative? Or can an implicit ESTIN function as an imperative?

Or an implicit ESTW, I'd say.

Carl W. Conrad
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