Reference in 1 Cor 7:8, 10, 12

Kimmo Huovila kimmo.huovila at helsinki.fi
Thu Sep 6 10:32:27 EDT 2001


Thank you for your reply.

Assuming this to be the correct interpretation, there is something
interesting going on. What linguistic signals are there to help the
reader
understand that GEGAMHKOTES are not all married people, but only those
who are Christians married to a Christian? A straightforward reading
would suggest that all married people are in view, but then the reader
will have to stop and look back at verse 12, when he realizes that
AGAMOI, CHRAI, and GEGAMHKOTES are quite all-inclusive - and then he
looks for a more limited interpretation, presumably. Without linguistic
signals to limit GEGAMHKOTES (or something else in the text) the texts
reads somewhat awkwardly. A punster would probably ask Paul if these
Christians married to non-Christians are married (GEGAMHKOTES) ;-).

Any further thoughts?

Kimmo Huovila

"Steven R. Lo Vullo" wrote:
> 
> on 9/5/01 9:03 AM, Kimmo Huovila at kimmo.huovila at helsinki.fi wrote:
> 
> > 8 LEGW DE TOIS AGAMOIS KAI TAIS CHRAIS
> > 10 TOIS DE GEGAMHKOSIN PARAGGELLW
> > 12 TOIS DE LOIPOIS LEGW
> >
> > Any thoughts about the reference here? TOIS LOIPOIS seems a little
> > surprising after verses 8 and 10.
> 
> TOIS LOIPOIS would seem to refer to those for whom the foregoing
> circumstances and instructions do not apply. They would seem to be both
> those in marriages in which only one partner is a Christian, i.e., has
> become a Christian after the marriage has taken place (vv. 12-16), and also
> virgins in a position to be married (v. 25-40). He has hertofore been
> discussing marriages in which both partners were Christians, as well as the
> situations of those who were unmarried and widows.
> --
> 
> Steve Lo Vullo
> Madison, WI
>



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