Passive Agent

Rev. Bryant J. Williams III bjwvmw at
Fri Aug 17 02:54:29 EDT 2001

Dear Matthew:

I have always understood the Dative of Agent to Active and Personal, not
Passive. Therefore, Jesus is the Active Agent of Creation.

En Xpistw,

Rev. Bryant J. Williams III
----- Original Message -----
From: "Matthew R. Miller" <biblicalscribe at>
To: "Biblical Greek" <b-greek at>
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2001 11:57 AM
Subject: [b-greek] Passive Agent

> Hello all,
> In Colossians 1:16, "en autw ektisthh ta panta" is usually translated "by
> him all things were created." This "en autw" is not the normal dative of

> instrument or dative of means or dative of passive agent. Is this to be
> taken as a passive agent? If not, what does the locative dative "in him"
> mean? Thanks, Matthew R. Miller
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