1 Tim 2:7

Bryant J. Williams III bjwvmw at com-pair.net
Tue Jan 29 02:07:52 EST 2002


Dear Iver,

This may be a case of semantics, but why not both 1 & 2? My reasoning is that Paul, as the
apostle and teacher of the gospel which he is proclaiming, is faithfully and truthfully (a
Semitism since faith and truth come from the same Hebrew root ?) teaching the faith and the
truth (which was the same that the other apostles had taught (see Gal 1-2). One could say that a
person could faithfully and truthfully teach false doctrine and lies (this does happen), but
Paul is emphatically indicating that he is speaking the truth and not lying.

If the above reasoning is not sufficient, and I have some reservations about it, then EN +
Dative would be Manner. Dative of Means/Instrument would be possible, but unlikely since
teaching is not impersonal. Dative of Content would be less likely since the actual content is
not mentioned unless one thinks that "faith and truth"are the content mentioned in 2:3-6. This
would be possible because of the use ALHQEIAS in 2:4.

En Xpistw,

Rev. Bryant J. Williams III
----- Original Message -----
From: "Iver Larsen" <iver_larsen at sil.org>
To: "Biblical Greek" <b-greek at franklin.oit.unc.edu>
Sent: Monday, January 28, 2002 10:48 AM
Subject: [b-greek] 1 Tim 2:7


> I have a question about the relationship between a noun and a prepositional
> phrase with EN in
> 1 Tim 2:7 EIS hO ETEQHN EGW KHRUX KAI APOSTOLOS, ALHQEIAN LEGW OU YEUDOMAI,
> DIDASKALOS EQNWN EN PISTEI KAI ALHQEIAi
>
> Does the EN PISTEI KAI ALHQEIAi phrase refer to
> 1) the content of the teaching, so that Paul is teaching the faith/doctrine
> and truth (or the true faith/doctrine)
> 2) the manner in which Paul is the herald, apostle and teacher, that is
> characterized by faith(fulness) and truth(fulness). In this case it would be
> the teacher and his message that are trustworthy
>
> Any comments?
>
> Iver Larsen
>
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