[B-Greek] FOBOS in Eph 5-6

Mark Lightman lightmanmark at yahoo.com
Sun Apr 4 08:25:09 EDT 2010

Elizabeth wrote:
<What I am concerned about is tendency among north american
 NT scholars to have a phobia about fear.>
I like it.  φοβοφοβια.  FOBOFOBIA.

Mark L


--- On Sun, 4/4/10, Elizabeth Kline <kline_dekooning at earthlink.net> wrote:

From: Elizabeth Kline <kline_dekooning at earthlink.net>
Subject: Re: [B-Greek] FOBOS in Eph 5-6
To: "greek B-Greek" <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Sunday, April 4, 2010, 12:43 AM

On Apr 3, 2010, at 11:16 PM, Iver Larsen wrote:

> My approach to translation is NOT to say that if I were to translate FOBOS by another English word than "fear" in a particular context, that then I am not using the literal meaning nor that I am watering down the meaning. It is possible to talk about the most common sense or the basic sense, but that is a different matter. There are many reasons for a particular translation choice, whether linguistic, cultural or theological, but I won't go into that except saying that the concept of fear and its interplay with respect and obedience varies a lot with different cultures.

Thank you Iver,

I agree with everything you say here. I am not concerned about the English gloss "fear". What I am concerned about is tendency among north american NT scholars to have a phobia about fear.  A word which doesn't fit in their religious subcultures contemporary reconstruction of Paul and Jesus. Several generations ago there would have been no problem in talking about terror as the human response to the holiness of God. C.S. Lewis had on problem with it. Now days it is out style. Lexical semantics in NT studies is sometimes a reflection of contemporary culture.   

Elizabeth Kline

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