[B-Greek] 1 Timothy 1:2 salutation
Carl W. Conrad
cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Thu Jun 15 07:00:43 EDT 2006
On Jun 14, 2006, at 9:27 PM, frjsilver at optonline.net wrote:
> Dear Friends --
> There is no implied verb here.
> We can think of this salutation almost as the opening lines of a
> memorandum, the 'from', 'to', and 'subject' being expressed by the
> grammatically declined names of the author and recipient, ktl.
> This is a very common epistolary style, and there is no theological
> content in this format, other than St Paul's descriptions of
> himself and in relation to St Timothy.
I would agree that (a) this is common epistolary style; (b) there is
no theological content here. But I would certainly disagree with the
notion that there is no implicit verb here.
Text: TIMOQEWi GNHSIWi TEKNWi EN PISTEI, CARIS ELEOS EIRHNH APO QEOU
PATROS KAI CRISTOU IHSOU TOU KURIOU hHMWN.
I would suggest that the implicit verb is one or another of the more-
or-less synonymous 3rd-person imperatives: ESTW, GINESQW, GENHQHTW.
The standard salutation regularly involves a command or wish for the
well-being of the recipient(s) of the letter; the NT variant of this
is quite commonly a wish that the recipient receive blessing of
grace, peace, love, etc. from God and from Christ or from God through
> ---- Original Message -----
> From: Norman Goos
> Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2006 5:31 pm
> Subject: [B-Greek] 1 Timothy 1-2To: Biblical Greek
>> I'm looking at the salutation and finding little discussion in the
>> commentaries I own about the implied verb (e.g. Knight).
>> PAULOS.(impliedverb)..TIMOQEWi (IDO). The only article I can
>> locate is in Calvin
>> Theological Journal (1967) by Van Elderen but won't get a chance
>> to access
>> that for a week or so. What should I expect as the range of
>> implied verbs in Pauline salutations and why are they suggested?
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)
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