outws, in Acts 17:33
Carl W. Conrad
cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Fri Jan 22 10:02:18 EST 1999
At 6:10 AM -0700 1/22/99, Robert W. Meyers wrote:
>One tr. reads, "So Paul departed from among them."
>I'm wondering if this has the sense, "this is the manner in which Paul
I'd make it, "So it was on these terms ..." or "Since that was the case
..." or "under these circumstances ... "
>or, which seems more natural (and which would seem to have a very striking
>logical impact on the question of Calvinism/Arminianism: the reason for my
>"therefore, Paul left them" ? In other words, is the verse saying that God's
>response to the Athenian philosophers' reactions to His message was the
>natural and necessary logical result of those reactions?
Please let's not get into matters that transcend the direct meaning of the
text. I don't think Luke's phrasing allows us to draw out deeper
implications of the reasons why Paul left; you may draw your own inference,
but as I read the text, it simply says: "That is HOW Paul departed from
them." It doesn't say "That is WHY ... " and although that possibility
isn't excluded, I don't think we can say it is definitely implied, either.
>Does outws carry either possible meaning, and the question is therefore
>impossible to answer with certainty; or otherwise?
For my part, I don't think the matter can be settled so simply from just
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