[B-Greek] 2Cor. 1:21-22
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Tue Jun 9 15:30:36 EDT 2009
2Cor. 1:21 ὁ δὲ βεβαιῶν ἡμᾶς σὺν ὑμῖν
εἰς Χριστὸν καὶ χρίσας ἡμᾶς θεός, 22
ὁ καὶ σφραγισάμενος ἡμᾶς καὶ δοὺς
τὸν ἀρραβῶνα τοῦ πνεύματος ἐν ταῖς
2Cor. 5:5 ὁ δὲ κατεργασάμενος ἡμᾶς εἰς
αὐτὸ τοῦτο θεός, ὁ δοὺς ἡμῖν τὸν
ἀρραβῶνα τοῦ πνεύματος.
2COR. 1:21 hO DE BEBAIWN hHMAS SUN hUMIN EIS CRISTON KAI CRISAS hHMAS
QEOS, 22 hO KAI SFRAGISAMENOS hHMAS KAI DOUS TON ARRABWNA TOU
PNEUMATOS EN TAIS KARDIAIS hHMWN.
2COR. 5:5 hO DE KATERGASAMENOS hHMAS EIS AUTO TOUTO QEOS, hO DOUS
hHMIN TON ARRABWNA TOU PNEUMATOS.
Occasionally the consensus reading of a text is so well established
that no alternative is even suggested. Reading M.J. Harris:2005 (2cor
NIGTC) on 2Cor. 1:21-22 one might conclude that taking hO DE BEBAIWN
hHMAS ... QEOS as a verbless predication is the only viable option
(see also 2Cor 5:5). The only question up for discussion seems to be
which constituent is the subject.
But looking into the 19th century (Alford, Meyer) we discover some
disagreements. Meyer cites two scholars who prefer to read hO DE
BEBAIWN hHMAS ... QEOS as the subject, with everything in between
" ... " modifying the subject and hO KAI SFRAGISAMENOS as the
Reading outside the biblical greek texts, one can discover plenty of
examples where a complex subject is split with modifiers placed
between the components of the subject. I am not saying this is the
best way to read 2Cor. 1:21-22, but it should at least be considered
as an option worth looking at even if, at the end of the day, we end
up joining the consensus.
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