From: Ben Crick (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Feb 25 1998 - 17:37:20 EST
On Wed 25 Feb 98 (07:58:37 +0800), firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> BAGD offers nothing for GLWSSAI TWN AGGELWN
> Likewise nothing I can see in LXX. Is there
> a source for this phrase?
Arnold Bittlinger, /Gifts and Graces/, A commentary on 1 Corinthians 12-14
(Translation from the German by Herbert Klassen, supervised by the Revd
Michael Harper), Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1967, comments:
"If I speak in the tongues of men and angels, but have no love, I am a
noisy gong or a clanging cymbal." Verse 1.
"Paul assumes that speaking in tongues means speaking in human or angelic
languages. According to 2 Corinthians 12:4 and Revelation 14:2f, angelic
languages are unutterable. Paul means that even if he could speak in
perfect Greek or Chinese, or could speak an angelic language (which is
really unutterable), the exercise of this gift without love (i.e., for
self-glorification) would be as a clanging cymbal (Here he is referring
to ancient single toned musical instruments which cannot produce a melody).
Love is choked 'where a few of those who claim to excel in the gifts are
ostentatious in their prayers and utterances, and spread their wings,
leaving behind in spiritual isolation all the seekers and the uninitiated.'
- W Meyer, /Der 1. Brief an die Korinther/, 1945, pp 163f."
(Op. cit., p 79).
The "source for the phrase" would appear to be Paul's sanctified
imagination, directed by the Holy Spirit.
XARIS KAI EIRHNH
-- Revd Ben Crick, BA CF <email@example.com> 232 Canterbury Road, Birchington, Kent, CT7 9TD (UK) http://www.cnetwork.co.uk/crick.htm
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