[B-Greek] Col 2.6 and 7 Passive participles after Active Imperative

Mitch Larramore mitchlarramore at yahoo.com
Sun Nov 19 19:28:26 EST 2006


I am trying to understand how to take passive
participles (a Perfect and two Presents) that
immediately follow an active imperative.

hWS OUN PARELABETE TON CRISTON...EN AUTWi PERIPATEITE,
ERRIZWMENOI KAI EPOIKODOMOUMENOI EN AUTWi KAI
BEBAIOUMENOI THi PISTEI KAQWS EDIDACQHTE....

The Colossians are urged to walk/live in the same way
they received the Christ (I suppose that would be by
faith). So, in what sense are these participles to be
understood since they are passives? Can these be
understood as Middles, so that they should walk by
faith, thereby rooting themselves, building
themselves, and establishing themselves in this faith.
The NET says this implies God's activity behind the
scenes. Would it not be more 'natural' to take
"middle/passive" form participles as middles when they
follow Active Imperatives? If so, do these participles
take on the imperative sense as well?

Mitch Larramore
Sugar Land, Texas


 
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