b-greek-digest V1 #897

b-greek-digest             Monday, 9 October 1995       Volume 01 : Number 897

In this issue:

        "NOMOS" in Paul
        Re: Beginning Grammars 


From: Edward Hobbs <EHOBBS@wellesley.edu>
Date: Sun, 08 Oct 1995 17:50:54 -0500 (EST)
Subject: "NOMOS" in Paul

The discussion on Paul's use of "nomos", with or without the article, might
be clearer if one remembers what even such ancient figures as C. H. Dodd
tried to teach us: That early Christian use of the Greek language is often
influenced by such things as LXX usage, Greek-speaking Jewish usage (Philo
was not the only educated Jew who wrote in Greek!), and of course ordinary
Hellenistioc Greek as used by non-Jews.  NOMOS is used over such a range as
"principle" or "basis", (any) law, a law in the Old Testament, the total
of the laws in the Old Testament, the Law of Moses (specifically the legal
material in Exodus-Deuteronomy), the Ten Commandments, the first five
books of the Bible, the entire Jewish Bible, and perhaps more.  One doesn't
know which of these is meant by looking for the article; nor does one
understand Paul's usage by asking about which sense of "law" he intends,
since often it isn't ANY sense of "law" but rather some other (English)
word which is applicable.   What Paul means by "NOMOS" is, in fact,
"NOMOS"; if the English word "law" fits, OK--but sometimes it doesn't.

Edward Hobbs


From: BibAnsMan@aol.com
Date: Sun, 8 Oct 1995 21:08:10 -0400
Subject: Re: Beginning Grammars 

I currently teach Greek and I prefer Machen for first year and Dana and
Mantey with supplementary materials for the intermediate grammar.  Some
liberal scholarship will not accept Dana and Mantey because they stick with
Scripture instead of allowing extra-biblical Greek to twist the meaning of
Scripture.  Other Greek examples have their place, but after the Greek of the
New Testament has had its say.  The Greek of Scripture is Koine Greek, but is
also put in the language of the Christians of that day and they often times
use words differently than the average Greek as we Christians today use words
differently than the secular world.

Jim McGuire
Professor of Greek at
Logos Bible Institute
13248 Roscoe Blvd.
Sun Valley, CA  91352


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