b-greek-digest V1 #720

b-greek-digest             Thursday, 25 May 1995       Volume 01 : Number 720

In this issue:

        Paul on Messiah as Seed
        Re: Signatures, anonymity, and subject matter
        S.S. Wong


From: Robert Kraft <kraft@ccat.sas.upenn.edu>
Date: Wed, 24 May 1995 23:56:03 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Paul on Messiah as Seed

Galatians 3.16 --
Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring; it does not
say, "And to offsprings," as of many; but it says, "And to your
offspring," that is, to one person, who is Christ." (NRSV)

One does well to read this passage (and every passage) in its wider
context, which includes 3:29 --

But if you [plural] are Messiah's, then you [plural] are Abraham's seed
[singular], heirs in accord with the promise.

The wider context also includes Paul's peculiar ideas about the
corporate nature of "Messiah/Christ" ("body of Messiah/Christ," etc.).

The NRSV translation, in trying to communicate in clearer English,
probably obscures the somewhat "alien" Pauline ideas in 3.16, which
seems to me to be saying "...it/he does not say 'and to your many seed,'
with a focus on multiplicity, but as focusing on unity, 'and to your
singular seed,' which/who is Messiah/Christ." The subsequent argument
also picks up on the unity/multiplicity theme in describing the arrival
of "Law" through angels and mediation, which does not lend itself to
unity, althought God is "one" (3.19-20). Then again, in 3.28-29,
distinctions and oppositions and pluralities are transformed into
"one/unity in Messiah Jesus." That is how Messiah AND his unified body
can ALL be the ONE seed of the Abrahamic promise in Paul's
transformational last days of the "present age."

The point is, do look at the context(s)!

Bob Kraft, UPenn  


From: Micheal Palmer <mpalmes@email.unc.edu>
Date: Thu, 25 May 1995 01:03:43 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Signatures, anonymity, and subject matter

On Wed, 24 May 1995, fuzzy wrote:

> >And as for "Fuzzy," this just happens to be the pet name 
> >by which my wife was called as a child and is still called by her 
> >brothers and sisters. 
> It's short for "Fuzzy Logic", as opposed to "Boolean Logic", which I've been 
> interested in for various reasons.
> I've noticed, as a "new guy", that much of the post material is not directly 
> related to the language itself.   I wish that were less true (in a fuzzy sense!)

Who sent this message? I am another one of those who, like Carl, like to 
know who I am corresponding with. There was no signiture on the message, 
and the FROM line in the header read only "fuzzy <fuzzy@prairie.lakes.com>". 
Who exactly is "fuzzy"? [I know. . . Sometimes we all are.]

Micheal W. Palmer
Mellon Research Fellow
Department of Linguistics
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


From: Micheal Palmer <mpalmes@email.unc.edu>
Date: Thu, 25 May 1995 01:10:42 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: S.S. Wong

Does anyone on this list know how to contact Simon S. Wong? I would like 
to correspond with him regarding his dissertation, "A Classification of 
Semantic Case-relations in the Pauline Epistles." The dissertation was 
done at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

I would greatly appreciate any leads you can provide.

Micheal W. Palmer
Mellon Research Fellow
Department of Linguistics
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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