re: Philemon 6

From: Carlton Winbery (
Date: Fri Mar 13 1998 - 23:45:00 EST

Richard Lindeman wrote;

>If we take PISTEWS in Philemon 6 as a subjective genitive then Paul states,
>"My prayer is that the sharing by your faith might be effective EN EPIGNWSEI
>PANTOS AGAQOU TOU EN HMIN EIS XRISTON" The $24 question is: how do we
>interpret the prepositional phrase EN EPIGNWSEI PANTOS AGAQOU?
>If we take this phrase as being supplementary to hOPWS GENHTAI then the
>meaning is plain and the NIV rendering is essentially correct: "I pray that
>you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full
>understanding of every good thing that we have in Christ." (BTW... It is
>nice to see here that the NIV also translates PISTEWS as being a subjective

In the NIV translation of Philm 6 the subjective genitive is SOU. PISTEWS
is objective genitive, i.e., "the sharing of your faith." The noun of
action, KOINWNIA, has PISTEWS for its object. It is faith which is being
shared, and Philemon is the subject of the sharing not faith (IMHO).

Carlton L. Winbery
Fogleman Professor of Religion
Louisiana College
Pineville, LA 71359

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