Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Mon Jul 12 13:13:37 EDT 1999

At 8:51 AM -0700 7/12/99, Edgar Foster wrote:
>Dear Carl, Carlton, and Jim,
>Thanks for your help with the "peace of God" phrase in Phil. 4:7. I
>have one more question related to this passage. Could EN XRISTWi IHSOU
>denote the means by which God gives His peace? Is it possible to
>understand this clause as "by Christ Jesus" or "by means of Christ

I wouldn't say that's impossible, but do we have other instances of EN +
dative of a PERSON in an instrumental sense? And I assume you're aware of
one fairly widespread view that the phrase means something like
'incorporated into the body of Christ.'

Carl W. Conrad
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