Re: Romans 3:19-20

Date: Thu Oct 05 1995 - 03:12:46 EDT

In a message dated 95-10-05 00:05:01 EDT, James Clardy writes:

>In Romans 3:19 Paul uses the terms HO NOMOS and TW NOMW. But in verse 20
>term is simply NOMOU and it's repeated once. In this verse (20), in both
>cases, it's without the article.
>QUESTION: What is the significance of the term with and without the

Answer: It is a common practice for Greek literature to preceed the first
noun with an article in a given context and leave the article off in
succeeding references within the context. For example look at John 1:1 where
the first THEOS has the article, and the latter does not and also John 1:12
does not.

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

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