Re: Summary: Something from Nothing (longish)

From: James H. Vellenga (
Date: Wed Feb 21 1996 - 10:14:08 EST

> From Wed Feb 21 09:01:24 1996
> On 2/21/96, James H. Vellenga wrote:
> > I find this discussion of thinginess and unthinginess relative to
> > creation fascinating. But if the concept of "no-thing-ness" was
> > the order of the day, can it be generalized in translation?
> > For example, in 1 Cor. 13.2-3, when Paul says "I am nothing" and
> > "I gain nothing," is he really saying "I am unsubstantial" and
> > "I gain no tangible benefits"? Or is OUDEN/OUQEN a different kind
> > of fish?
> There's "nothing" (nor "any thing," for that matter, either) in this
> suggestion. OUQEN is simply a common Boeotian dialect equivalent of OUDEN
> that became more common in the Hellenistic era.
> Carl W. Conrad

Sorry. I evidently wasn't clear. I wasn't asking for a distinction
between OUDEN and OUQEN, but since both occur in this passage, whether
OUDEN (or its equivalent) was a different "nothing" or "no-thing"
from the kinds of "no-thing-ness" being discussed in connection
with creation.

Jim V.

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