From: Andrew Kulikovsky (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Mar 12 1997 - 19:38:12 EST
at my Bible study last night, a question was raised about the meaning of
John 3:5. In this verse Jesus responds to Nicodemus's question "How can
a man enter a second time into his mother's womb and be reborn?"
Jesus replies "....EAN MH TIS GENNHQH EX UDATOS KAI PNEUMATOS, OU
DUNATAI EISELQEIN EIS THN BASILEIAN TOU QEOU"
"Unless a person is born of water and the spirit, it is not possible to
enter into the kingdom of God"
Now, the question raised was what does the water signifiy? And what does
it mean to be "born of water"
Someone suggested that water often signifies cleansing. Therefore being
born of water indicates repentence.
This seems a bit eisagetical to me...
My present feeling is that the water signifies the amniotic fluid we
swim in when we were in our mother's womb. Therefore, being born of
water means to be born physically.
I am assuming EX UDATOS KAI PNEUMATOS are compond genitives of source.
Does this mean that a person must be born of water and the spirit
*simultaneously*? If so then my suggestion above (physical birth) would
obviously be incorrect.
How should this genitive be understood? These sill little KAIs keep
causing me problems!
Andrew S. Kulikovsky B.App.Sc(Hons) MACS
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