Eph 4:9 TA KATWTERA

c stirling bartholomew cc.constantine at worldnet.att.net
Sat Oct 6 15:46:32 EDT 2001


Eph 4:9

KATEBH EIS TA KATWTERA [MERH] THS GHS

Of course, tanker trucks full of ink have been spilled over the referent of
TA KATWTERA [MERH] THS GHS, why spill more?

This morning I was reading through C.E. Arnold's "Ephesians: Power and
Magic" (Cambridge, 1989) and on pages 56-7 came across his discussion of Eph
4:8-9.  P.T. Obrien (Eph. Pillar, 1999) follows a recent trend and concludes
that the incarnation is the best overall solution to the question of the
referent of TA KATWTERA [MERH] THS GHS.

I find this very hard to swallow. I agree with C.E. Arnold (p. 57) that
using TA KATWTERA [MERH] THS GHS is a strange way to make reference to the
incarnation. Very strange. If the incarnation is intended, TA KATWTERA adds
nothing and introduces lots of confusion.  Arnold's argument is founded on
extensive evidence from the first century religious culture in Asia Minor.

It would seem that church fathers had it right on this one. This is a
description of decent into the nether world.

Clay

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Clayton Stirling Bartholomew
Three Tree Point
P.O. Box 255 Seahurst WA 98062





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