From: Carl W. Conrad (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Nov 12 1996 - 19:35:27 EST
At 5:09 PM -0600 11/12/96, Mikael Persson wrote:
>Is there any connection between the two occurrences of "the many"
>(OI POLLOI) in Rom 5:19, implying that the latter ones are the same as
>the first ones? Or is it just contrasting the singularity in "of the
>one" (TOU EVOS)?
I would say that Paul here is rhetorically underscoring his parallelism of
the consequences of the action of the ONE (Adam, Christ) for the great
majority o humanity (Adam's heirs = sinful humanity, Christ's heirs =
believers made righteous by faith). So it is not just hOI POLLOI that is
emphasized by repetition, but also TOU hENOS, and the rhetoric is further
enhanced by the word-play of the two verbal nouns upon which TOU hENOS
depends in the two clauses: PARAKOHS and hUPOKOHS--as well as by the
repetition of the same verb in different forms with the two occurrences of
hOI POLLOI; KATESTAQHSAN (hAMARTHLOI)--KATASTAQHSONTAI (DIKAIOI).
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University
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