[B-Greek] Mark 11:22

Andy Nwebube andy at ipbackbone.co.uk
Wed Jun 11 10:27:45 EDT 2003


Thanks for the reply. So are you saying that it is probably more
appropriate to say have Faith in God rather than say have the Faith of
God, as in having the God 'kind' of Faith, as if to say that there were
different kinds of Faiths? 

In this particular instant, it looks like Jesus was telling them to have
the God kind of faith, as opposed to having their own kind of Faith.
Then if this is the case it looks like that should be 'have the faith of

Sorry if it sounds all wrong I just want to understand why most notes
indicate the Faith of God



-----Original Message-----
From: Barry Hofstetter [mailto:nebarry.bh at verizon.net] 
Sent: 11 June 2003 14:23
To: Andy Nwebube
Cc: B-Greek at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: Re: [B-Greek] Mark 11:22

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Andy Nwebube" <andy at ipbackbone.co.uk>
To: <B-Greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2003 3:16 AM
Subject: [B-Greek] Mark 11:22

> Hi all,
> Can somebody please tell me what the correct interpretation of the
> beginning of this verse say; "have faith in God". Some of the bible
> notes that I have seen says that it should be "Have the faith of God".
> Can anybody verify this is true in the Greek bible?

What you have is EXETE PISTIN QEOU, the noun PISTIN (faith) followed by
the noun
QEOU in the genitive case.

Often, the genitive is translated using the English preposition "of" to
the relation of the genitive noun to the word upon which it is
However, there are times when such translation simply won't do, a
variety of
uses of the genitive which are better expressed with other prepositions
English.  The noun PISTIS is normally followed by what we call an
genitive, which in English (for this particular noun) is normally
expressed by a
prepositional phrase using "in."  Therefore, unless the context gives
contraindications, the normal prejudice would be to translate it as
"faith in

N.E. Barry Hofstetter
Professor of Theological and Biblical Studies
    The Center for Urban Theological Studies, Philadelphia, PA
Pastoral Candidate, Chinese Gospel Church

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