Re: Php 2:6

From: Randy Leedy (
Date: Wed Jun 26 1996 - 09:34:49 EDT

I'll cast my vote with David Moore on the proper construction of
Phil. 2:6, particularly on the point of the anaphoric use of the
article with EINAI. One further clarification seems in order: it
would be possible to supply two elliptical elements in the sentence;
an EINAI and an AUTON. If these elements were explicit, the passage
would read

of elliptical EINAI is awkward, and the seeming lack of a better
position suggests that supplying the word simply does not work in
Greek. Still, a copula is involved logically as part of the
object/predicate double accusative)

In English: "He did not consider [his] being equal to God [to be]
something to grasp"

In this reading, the EXPLICIT infinitive stands as the head of a noun
clause that, in turn, functions as the "subject" part of the double
accusative, and hence is articular, while hARPAGMON, as the
predicate, is anarthrous. I don't think Al Kidd was taking EINAI this
way; As I read him, he was trying to make it the copula between ISA

The real puzzle about this sentence to me is the neuter plural
inflection of ISA. The only thing I can figure is that it provides a
focus away from personal equality (which Jesus never relinquished) to
equality in accidentals such as the pleasures and glories of heaven.
But some extra-biblical references in BAGD suggest that I may be
straining after something, and that this construction may simply be
an idiom. If anyone can authoritatively address this point, I'd love
to see it.

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