Re: 1Thess. 4:14, what about dia?

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Tue Oct 07 1997 - 09:59:41 EDT

At 7:58 AM -0500 10/7/97, wrote:
>Is it possible or likely that dia is used to show purpose in 1 Thess. 4:14?
> This much debated passage would be easy to understand if we could say "even
>so those who died for the sake of Jesus God will bring with Him."

What we have is DIA TOU IHSOU--a genitive case. I really think that if the
sense were "for the sake of Jesus" we'd have to have hUPER TOU IHSOU or, if
DIA is used, DIA with the accusative: DIA TON IHSOUN.

Carl W. Conrad
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