Re: 1Cor 7:1 - Not to touch a woman....
Michael Holmes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mon, 2 Dec 1996 17:21:49 -0600 (CST)
At 03:06 PM 12/2/96 MST, Wes Williams wrote:
> Paul tells us in 1 Cor 7:1 to KALON ANQRWPWi GUNAIKOS MH hAPTESQAI.
> Presupposing that Paul was here referring to legitimate sexual
> intimacies within the marital arrangement, what references are there
> in Greek literature where hAPTESQAI has the meaning of sexual intimacy
> that may support this thought?
First, the phrase is likely not Paul's; he appears to be quoting the/a
Corinthian position from their letter (a view which goes back at least as
far as Origen). For details see (among others) the commentary on 1
Corinthians by Gordon Fee (Eerdmans, 1987) 273-276.
For the lexical question, see Fee, p. 275, who offers nine occurrances
across six centuries, all of which, he says, refer to having sexual
intercourse (not simply "not marry").