[B-Greek] cheirographon tois dogmasin
ben.crick at argonet.co.uk
Sun Mar 26 03:55:17 EST 2006
On Sun 26 Mar 2006 (01:52:31), savemeoyah at aol.com wrote:
> What does tois mean in this instance and in general? How would this
> expression found in Colossians 2:14 be literally translated?
EXALEIYAS TO KAQ' hHMWN CEIROGRAFON TOIS DOGMASIN hO HN hUPENANTION
This is a legal phrase; compare in England a "CCJ" : a "County Court
A CEIROGRAFON is an invoice or a legal bond for a sum of money due; a
*handwritten* certificate of financial liability; an "I.O.U." (I owe you).
A DOGMA is a legal decree or judgment handed down by a Court in
favour of a plaintiff against a defendant hUPENANTION hHMIN; or the
legal basis for a financial claim.
TOIS turns the following phrase DOGMASIN hO HN hUPENANTION hHMIN into
an adjectival phrase qualifying TO KAQ' hHMWN CEIROGRAFON.
The Blood of Christ shed at Calvary expunged or wiped clean EXALEIYAS
the CEIROGRAFON, removing all legal obligation from us. Or to change
the metaphor, it "put 'Paid' to our account". Compare AFES hHMIN TA
WFEILHMATA hHMWN in Matthew 6:12; forgive us our debts.
Further information is in BDAG (Bauer Danker Arndt & Gingrich lexicon).
Revd Ben Crick, BA CF ZFC Hf
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