Phil. 2.7 (first set of questions)

Jim West jwest at
Wed Aug 30 10:04:59 EDT 2000

At 01:48 PM 8/30/00 +0000, you wrote:
>Phil. 2.7
>Oepke states that there is an omitted object that needs to be supplied. 
>Ruling out ETAPEINWSEN hEAUTON as the implied object (which creates a weak 
>tautology), Oepke opts for TOU EINAI ISA QEWi.
>Since we are dealing with a person and not a quality or thing, KENOW seems 
>to me to mean, "to disrobe or divest oneself temporarily."
>Which I guess would yield:
>"He disrobed himself of equality with God by taking on the semblance/form of 
>a servant."
>Is this how one would supply the missing object?

well done!  that is an excellent solution to the problem.

>Can KENOW be used in a Passive sense? In TDNT, pg. 661, I can not tell if 
>the author is saying this or not, but he gives the following: pass. "to come 
>to nothing."

that would really be "to be brought to nothing".  "to come to nothing"
sounds active or at best middle.

>I am having a hard time even exploring this possibility with the hEAUTON 
>present. Does this reflexive pronoun eliminate any passive possibilities?

eliminate?  no, not really- but it does make the middle more likely.

>Or, would it be acceptable to translate this like:
>"by means of receiving the semblance/form of a servant, he was disrobed of 
>equality with God."

no- because it isnt passive in form.

>Again, I have no idea what to do with hEAUTON if I take this as passive.

good-- then dont. because it isnt.

>Also, are the following translations possible?
>Taking LABWN as Purpose:
>"He disrobed himself of equality with God in order to take on the 
>semblance/form of a servant."

nope.  you are eisegeting here.

>or, Adverbially:
>"He disrobed himself of equality with God when he took on the semblance/form 
>of a servant."

no- because the construction isnt adverbal.  stick with your first attempt
above.  it is the most cogent.




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Jim West, ThD

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