Re: Eph. 3:12

From: David L. Moore (
Date: Thu Jun 13 1996 - 09:59:56 EDT (Dan) wrote:
> Dear Sister or Brother in Christ;
> I am very interested in an issue you raise in this last post, specifically:
> <The issue[s] of whether PISTIS should be translated "faith" or
> "faithfulness"[...]>. I wonder if this issue doesn't have more to do with
> current Christian use of the terms "faith" and "faithfulness" than it does
> with a distinction in our definitions of koine PISTIS.
> I write this because in my research for a Master's Thesis on "Hope in the
> Pauline Epistles," I became convinced that the common useage of "Faith" (at
> least in the Evangelical churches) has usurped some of the intellectual
> aspects of "Hope" (as used by Paul.) Because of this shift of meanings,
> "Hope" became superfluous, and Faith lost its connotation of "faithfulness"
> to become a mental acquiescence to "orthodox" Biblical interpretation
> (Believing PISTEUW). It also meant that "doubt" was "lack of faith".
> I don't want to try to recreate my thesis here, but I am interested in how
> the folks on this list might compare and contrast "faith" and "faithfulness"
> as alternate readings for PISTIS, and how you perceive the relationship
> between PISTIS, 'ELPIS and AGAPH in Paul's materials.

        That sounds like very interesting work. You don't mention whether your thesis
is in completed, written form yet. If it is, would you consider posting it, in whole
or in part, in the FTP space allotted to you at

David L. Moore                             Director
Miami, Florida, USA                        Department of Education                     Southeastern Spanish District            of the Assemblies of God

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