[B-Greek] 1 Timothy 2:4 -- Advisory

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Sat Nov 4 11:13:23 EST 2006

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scrupulously -- on this list. Believers of all stripes and  
persuasions and unbelievers as well are welcome to participate in  
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individual proposing or defending an argument. Please let's avoid  
reference to any sort of where any sectarian lines lie regarding the  
interpretation of any text; rather let's keep the focus on the text  
itself and what it can reasonably be shown to mean.

On Nov 4, 2006, at 10:45 AM, Matt wrote:

>> MB
>> I have a question in relation to legitimate translations of  
>> 'pantas' in 1
>> 1
>> Timothy 2:4.
>> Is there any justification for translating this as 'all kinds of' ?
> MB
> Thank you all for the responses to my inquiry. The reason I asked the
> question was that I'm seeking information the validity of the claim by
> atheist writer Richard Carrier, that to so translating the passage is
> 'groundless on the greek' and other such claims throughout his  
> article:
> http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/richard_carrier/bible.html
> This seems to me to be a very grandiose claim given the impact, if  
> true, it
> would have for a Reformed reading of the Bible but I don't have the
> knowledge of Greek to refute it [I am not a Calvinist].
> Thanks again
> Matthew Bell
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