1 Per 3:21 EPERWTHMA
iver_larsen at sil.org
Sun Mar 24 02:24:16 EST 2002
This verse describes baptism as
OU SARKOS APOQESIS RUPOU ALLA SUNEIDHSEWS AGAQHS EPERWTHMA EIS QEON
I am stuck on EPERWTHMA. Maybe this has been discussed on b-greek before.
Baptism is contrasted to an ordinary bath which is a question of removing
dirt from the body, but baptism is different, although it can be compared
with a bath in a certain sense.
Can it be understood as "but (baptism) is a question of (having/gaining?) a
good conscience towards God"?
Or is it "a request to God for/from? a good conscience"
Or maybe a pledge to God from a good conscience?
Was the noun EPERWTHMA commonly in use in Hellenistic Greek, and if so was
the meaning normally a question, an inquiry or a request?
Would you consider EIS QEON as connected to SUNEIDHSIS or to EPERWTHMA?
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