Galatians 2:2 (Corrected - I hope)

RHutchin at aol.com RHutchin at aol.com
Fri Aug 25 17:34:52 EDT 2000


Galatians 2:2--

ANEBHN DE KATA APOKALUYIN KAI ANEQEMHN AUTOIS TO EUAGGELION hO KHRUSSW EN 
TOIS EQNESIN KAT' IDIAN DE TOIS DOKOUSIN MH PWS EIS KENON TRECW H EDRAMON.

As a matter of exegesis, it would appear that Paul is not saying that he has 
doubts about the validity of the gospel he is preaching but that the 
acceptance of circumcision by the church as a condition of salvation (an 
error in Paul's mind) would compromise the gospel that he has preached, 
effectively nullifying it, with the result that all he had accomplished would 
then have been in vain.

My questions.  I know what I want the Greek text to say, but does the Greek 
text actually support me in the above conclusion?  If yes, how would I argue 
that it does?  If no, what conclusion does the text support?

On - MH PWS EIS KENON TRECW H EDRAMON - AT Robertson describes it as 
"Negative purpose with the present subjunctive (TRECW) and then by a sudden 
change the aorist indicative (EDRAMON), as a sort of afterthought or 
retrospect.  Could someone translate that into 8th grade English so I might 
understand it?

Roger Hutchinson
RHutchin at AOL.com



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