[B-Greek] John 6:46

Barry Hofstetter nebarry at earthlink.net
Wed Feb 12 07:53:26 EST 2003

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Subject: [B-Greek] John 6:46

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> Hello everybody,
> I am very glad I've found a mailng list like this.
> Could you please help me with a translation of a part of john 6:46, "ho wn
para tou Theou"

> ( with latin letters: jn4:46 ouch oti ton patera tis ewraken ei mh o wn para
tou theou outos ewraken ton patera )

> I've found similar place, though exactly the same, Jn9:16

> ( with latin letters: Jn9:16 outos o anthropos ouk estin para tou Theou oti to
sabbaton ou threi)

> As it is used the form "wn" (in jn6:46) and not some "common" verb I am under
the impresion that the text says:
> "that [one] that is staying near/with God [in principle] "  (that is, in the
context, Jesus the anointed ),

> as opposed to "that [one] that HAS COME/BELONGS of(from)/to God "

I am not sure what you mean by "common" verb.  WN is simply the present
participle of the verb EINAI, and is used to show that whatever is it is
modifying is in a particular state, which then must be further defined by the
context.  In this case that definition if found in the phrase PARA TOU QEOU,
"from God."

Now, as to what "being from God" means, that must be derived from the context.

N.E. Barry Hofstetter
Professor of Theological and Biblical Studies
    The Center for Urban Theological Studies, Philadelphia, PA

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