Re: Rev 2:20 - "the adultery of eating food"

From: Jonathan Robie (
Date: Tue Sep 30 1997 - 11:06:41 EDT

Thanks - this is helpful! I do have a few questions...

At 07:51 AM 9/30/97 -0700, Robert J. Petry wrote:
>Gen. 2:9 -- "The tree of knowledge of good and evil": i.e., of evil enjoyment.

Why should we take this as Hendiadys? The story reads very differently
depending on whether this is taken as Hendiadys, but I would think that this
verse would help clarify:

Gene 3:22 (KJS) And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of
us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take
also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

Now perhaps Bullinger would take "to know good and evil" as another instance
of Hendiadys, but in what sense would he say that God knows evil enjoyment?

>Bullinger's further comment: "But we are not to suppose that whenever we
find two
>words joined together by the word 'and' we have the figure of Hendiadys. It
may be
It may well be, but that doesn't mean that I have any idea what Epitheton
means. Could somebody please enlighten me?


Jonathan Robie
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