Re: EKEINOS in 1 Jn 2:6

From: Jonathan Robie (
Date: Tue Sep 23 1997 - 06:45:33 EDT

At 08:02 AM 9/22/97 -0800, Paul Zellmer wrote:
>Since the discussion on 1 John continues, let me ask the list for their
>feelings who is being referred to by EKEINOS in 1 John 2:6. Some
>English translations very clearly take this as referring to Jesus,
>possibly because the EN AUTW holds the nearest substantive (?). Yet I
>can see a strong case for this referring back to the hOS in verse 5.
>What do you all think, and why?
Hi, Paul!

This gives me the opportunity to share a potentially shaky theory and see
what others think of it ;->

In reading 1 John, I have the impression that the author generally uses
EKEINOS to refer to Jesus, even in cases where there is no clear antecedent.
Here are all the verses where EKEINOS is used in 1 John: 2:6, 3:3, 3:5, 3:7,
3:16, 4:17. Take a look especially at 3:5, where there is no clear reference
to Jesus, but it must refer to Jesus because Jesus is the one who "appeared
to take away sins". There are also similar uses of EKEINOS in the gospel of

This is just my impression, and it may be a little shaky because this isn't
the way EKEINOS works in textbook Greek, but to me, it seems to be the way
that EKEINOS works in John's Greek. Incidentally, I haven't run into this in
the Revelation yet, but I have just finished the 8th chapter.


Jonathan Robie
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