1 Cor. 7,1

Steven Craig Miller scmiller at www.plantnet.com
Fri Nov 26 10:50:06 EST 1999

To: Robert Piorewicz,

KALON can mean either "it is good" or "it is better." Also note that Paul 
writes ANQRWPWi and not ANDRI, the latter could be interpreted as "for a 
husband." That which is good or better is added in the infinitive. The UBS 
lexicon by Louw and Nida takes GUNAIKOS hAPTOMAI to be an idiom meaning "to 
marry a woman." But it seems fairly clear to me that this idiom has a more 
general (and obvious) sense meaning "to have sex with a women." For 
example, in Plato we find: PWPOTE GUNAIKOS hHYATO OUD' AU PAIDOS "he never 
once had sex with a woman, nor furthermore with a boy" (840a). It seem very 
clear that here "sex" is in mind and not merely "marriage." Finally, one 
should note that KALON ANQRWPWi GUNAIKOS MH hAPTESQAI could be taken either 
as a quotation from the Corinthians, or as advice from Paul. And if a 
quotation, it is also possible to take it as a question from the 
Corinthians (so Orr & Walther in their AB commentary). As a question, one 
might translated it as: "Is it better for a man not to have sex with a woman?"

-Steven Craig Miller
Alton, Illinois (USA)
scmiller at www.plantnet.com

"For the ancients, to mediate is to read a text and to learn it 'by heart' 
in the fullest sense of this expression, that is, with one's whole being: 
with the body, since the mouth pronounced it, with the memory which fixes 
it, with the intelligence which understands its meaning, and with the will 
which desires to put it into practice" (Jean Leclercq, "The Love of 
Learning and the Desire for God: A Study of Monastic Culture," 1961:17).

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