From: Paul S. Dixon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Feb 19 1998 - 21:34:32 EST
The majority of manuscripts, and translations, tend to support the notion
in Jn 14:7 that Christ did not believe His disciples knew (GINWSKW
[EGNWKATE]) Him. The existence of AN in the apodosis of these
manuscripts renders this a contrary to fact conditional.
Both the UBS and NA favor the reading supported by p66, aleph, D, etc, EI
EGNWKATE ME, KAI TON PATERA MOU GNWSESQE, "if you know (intensive
perfect) Me, you will also know my Father." (cf. NRSV)
Ther is a big difference, of course. It seems the whole argument depends
upon this reading, well, in a sense. Indeed, Christ goes on immediately
to announce, KAI AP' ARTI GINWSKETE AUTON KAI hEWRAKATE AUTON. This is
true, because they have known (and seen) Christ. If so, then it follows
from verse 7.
Dr. Paul S. Dixon, Pastor
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