From: Rick H Duggin (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Feb 16 1998 - 12:28:38 EST
Some time ago Edgar Krentz posted a progressive list of "Apostolic
Fathers." This list has been very useful to me while reading in
Lightfoot's volumes, and I have enjoyed it greatly.
A couple of weeks ago, however, while reading Ignatius' epistle to
the Romans (introduction), Lightfoot illustrated a word with this quote
Dionysius of Corinth--
EX ARCHS UMIN EQOS ESTI TOUTO, PANTAS MEN ADELFOUS
POIKILWS EUERGETEIN, EKKLHSIAIS TE POLLAIS TAIS KATA
PASAN POLIN EFODIA PEMPEIN, hWDE MEN THN TWN DEOMENWN
PENIAN ANAYUCONTAS, EN METALLOIS DE ADELFOIS UPARCOUSIN
EPICORHGOUNTAS: DI' hWN PEMPETE ARCHQEN EFODIWN
PATROPARADOTON EQOS hRWMAIWN hRWMAIOI FULATTONTES...
Though I have checked Perseus, LS, Bauer, et al., I cannot figure out the
meaning of the word METALLOIS. METALLON means "mine, quarry,"
and in the plural, "gold and silver mines." Is this the same word as
in Dionysius' quote, perhaps used here by metonymy to mean gold or
silver? Am I totally off base?
I would appreciate any help. If this is off the subject of b-greek,
I apologize in advance, but would still be very grateful if someone
would write me privately to put me out of my misery!
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