James 1:3

jwest at highland.net jwest at highland.net
Sat Sep 1 16:20:04 EDT 2001


> Concerning James 1:3: GINWSKONTES hOTI TO DOKIMION hUMWN THS PISTEWS
> KATERGAZETAI hUPOMONHN
> 
> What does hUMWN modify and why? The common translation is something like
> "knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance". Why could it
> not be "knowing that your testing [trial] of faith produces endurance"? I
> suppose that the meaning is similar, but perhaps the emphasis is a little
> different.

*your testing* (not trial which would be peirazo)- i.e.- the daily tests of 
life.  such tests demonstrate the students fitness in the school of the master.

it isnt faith which is tested- as your second translation suggests-- but YOU 
yourself.

i would suggest a better rendering than the traditional as well...

"knowing this- that the tests you endure, you faithful ones, result in 
steadfastness"

best,

jim

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Jim West, ThD
Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies
Roane State Community College

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