Re: John 1:1c
With a JW background (so to speak) the issue of John 1:1c was a big one
for me as a new Christian.
So what I ended up doing is going to a local seminary bookstore. As it
turned out there are quite a few layman "teach yourself Koine Greek"
books. So I started learning Greek.
What surprised me is that these books teach John 1:1c right from the
Briefly, this is what I learned:
kai theos en ho logos
The "ho" in front of logos is called the "indicating subject". (and BTW,
while I am no Greek scholar I am simply trying to put this into
understandable vocabulary). Bascially, the "ho" indicates that Logos IS
the subject of the sentence.
Since translators KNOW that "logos" is the subject of the sentence, then
they know how to approach translating the rest of the sentence.
By no means is what I have said comprehensive, but it is just a mere
scratch on the surface on this subject. Suffice it to say that John 1:1c
really leaves no room for doubt...the Word *was* God. Greek is a precise
language. English is not. John had available to him all the grammatical
and vocabulary skills to convey "The Word was a god". And if that is
what he had intended to write, he would have written it as Pam Mackenzie
wrote earlier "Clause d":
kai ho logos en theos
Hoping this helps,
- John 1:1c
- From: ROBERT MONDORE <MONDORER@a1.cs.hscsyr.edu>