Re: 1 Corinthians 1:30

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Thu Mar 19 1998 - 12:26:43 EST

At 10:53 AM -0600 3/19/98, David Haeuser wrote:
>Dear list members:
>Does anyone have any insight into the force of hHMIN in the phrase hOS
>I was reading this passage with a group of pastors and a question was
>raised. I felt that the hHMIN referred to subjective appropiation at the
>time of coming to faith, in other words, that we came to see Christ as
>wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. A commentary I
>consulted, however, indicated that no stress should be placed on hHMIN and
>that the EGENHQH referred to the objective event on the cross, which
>constituted Christ as wisdom, righteousness, etc. I notice that Rienecker-
>Rogers Linguistic Key classifies it as a dative of advantage, which would
>seem to favor the view of the commentary. Anyone have any thoughts on this?

I think "dative of advantage" (DATIVUS COMMODI) would do, but I really
think most of these are, in effect, sentence datives, which is to say, the
dative indicates the person(s) upon whom the assertion of the whole clause
has a bearing. Usually we can translate these most easily into English with
a possession pronoun: "who became our wisdom from God and our
righteousness, etc."

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics/Washington University
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