Re: PARAGETAI in 1 John 2:8, 17

From: Jim West (
Date: Wed Mar 05 1997 - 16:36:42 EST

At 12:49 PM 3/5/97 -0800, you wrote:
>Question: Why is PARAGETAI ("is passing away") in 1 John 2:8 and 17
>evaluated as passive by BAGD and LSJ?

It is taken as a "divine passive"- thus, God is the one who brings the
passing away to be.

> Its meaning seems so middle to me
>unless there is some causation: "is led off," "is forced to disappear."

The Divine passive, as above.

>Curiously, the active form has both an active and intransitive meaning
>(e.g., 1 Cor. 7:31). Is this just another sign of AGW's flexibility? Any
>ideas, Kratistoi Grammateis?
>S. M. Baugh
>Westminster Theological Seminary
>in California


Jim West
Adjunct Professor of Bible
Quartz Hill School of Theology

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