Re: Ephesians 1:4-5

Philip L. Graber (
Sat, 6 Apr 1996 18:39:11 -0500 (EST)

On Sat, 6 Apr 1996, Jim Beale wrote:

> I notice that NAS connects the EN AGAPH at the end of Eph. 1:4 with the
> thought which begins in 1:5, giving the reading, "that we should be holy
> and without blame before Him. In love He predestined us..." whereas the
> NKJV connects EN AGAPH with the preceding clause, giving the reading "that
> we should be holy and without blame before him in love, having predestined
> us ..."

For arguments both ways (and a conclusion that agrees with yours) see
Andrew Lincoln's Ephesians commentary in the Word Biblical Commentary
series. His argument in favor of your reading is structural.

Philip Graber Graduate Division of Religion
Graduate Student in New Testament 211 Bishops Hall, Emory University Atlanta, GA 30322 USA