Re: Rom 6:19 and doula

On Wed, 4 May 1994, KENNETH D. LITWAK wrote:

>    In Rom 6:19, Paul wrote mele doula.  If doula is a plural adjective,
> and means "slavish, subject to", how can we explain translating
> (there's that issue again) the phrase "members as slaves" instead of
> the more literal "slavish members".  I have never seen the latter
> in a translation but I can't explain grammatically how we would reach
> the other rendering.  Thanks.
This is a predicate adjective, not attributive, and hence the translation.

Richard F. Wevers
Calvin College