1 Pet 3:19

Tony Costa tmcos at hotmail.com
Tue Aug 21 13:58:47 EDT 2001

Dear B-Greek Friends,

   I was interested to find out about any comments you may have on the text 
of 1 Pet 3:19. This passage while being called the darkest passage in the NT 
is also the one passage many NT scholars argue deserves emendation. It has 
been suggested by Rendel Harris for instance that the text originally had 
the name of Enoch in it (ENWX), but that a later scribe dropped this proper 
name from one of his copies and now we have instead EN W KAI. Metzger states 
that in a uncial script where there were no spaces in between letters ENWK 
and ENWKAI could be easily confused. Both Moffat and Goodspeed insert the 
word "Enoch" into their translations of the NT at 1 Pet 3:19. Metzger 
however, rejects this emendation and believes the present reading in the 
text is sound because it flows naturally with the text. All other NT 
translations also retain the present reading. Any comments would be 

                                                 Tony Costa

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