Titus 1:6 and Children

Steven Lo Vullo doulos at merr.com
Thu Jan 17 06:15:54 EST 2002


On Tuesday, January 15, 2002, at 08:28  PM, Polycarp66 at aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated 1/15/2002 2:46:02 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> iver_larsen at sil.org writes:
>
>
>>>
>>> In Titus 1:6 are found some of the qualifications for being an 
>>> elder.  It
>>> says:
>>>
>>> EI TIS ESTIN ANEGKLHTOS MIAS GUNAIKOS ANHR TEKNA ECWN PISTA MH EN
>>> KATHGORIA ASWTIAS H ANUPOTAKTA.
>>>
>>> The phrase TEKNA ECWN PISTA has been translated to mean "children that
>> are
>>> believers".  Since PISTA is the adjective PISTOS could the
>>> translation mean "children that are trustworthy"?
>>
>> Dear Doug,
>>
>> I understand you to imply that "believers" is a somewhat misleading
>> translation in this context, and I think you are right. If one thinks 
>> of
>> belief as a personal, inner conviction, then the parents cannot 
>> control the
>> convictions of their children, although they can do much to lead them
>> towards faith, mainly by their example, less by their preaching. What 
>> Paul
>> is looking for is probably the fact that you can learn a lot about 
>> parents
>> by looking at the behaviour of their children.
>>
>>
>
> One does not need to consider the "children" as being literally the 
> flesh and
> blood decendents of the parent.  The term "father" and "child" were 
> used of
> the relationship between a teacher and his disciples.  This may be the 
> case
> here.  Frederick Weidmann ( _Polycarp and John_, Notre Dame, IN: 
> University
> of Notre Dame Press,    1999), pp 84-92, makes precisely this point 
> noting 1
> Tim. 1.2 and Tit. 1.4 in this regard. The requirement then becomes:  
> What
> about his pupils?

Well, that opens up possibilities I have never before considered. This 
must indicate that the injunction about having "one wife" (MIAS 
GUNAIKOS) in Tit 1.6 means the teacher was allowed only one research 
assistant?
==========

Steven Lo Vullo
Madison, WI




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