Re: Phil 4:12

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Wed Mar 25 1998 - 11:20:28 EST

At 8:46 AM -0600 3/25/98, Jim West wrote:
>While researching Phil 4:12 I note that Paul uses the rare (for the NT a
>hapax) verb <gr> meuw </gr>. So, I have translated the phrase, "I have been
>initiated in all things (i.e., mysteries) and I know how to be filled and to
>Now, my question, do others think that Paul here implies that he has been
>dipping in the well of the mystery religions and has tasted a little water
>from them all? I.e., has Paul tried them all and settled on Christianity?

The verb is actually MUW, here used in the pf. passive.

For my part, I do not think this means that Paul has made the circuit of
the mystery religions; rather I think it has the figurative meaning that we
today give to phrases like "I've had my initiation into water sports" or "I
was baptized into auto-racing at an early age." That is, I think it really
means to have more than a passing familiarity with a category of experience.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics/Washington University
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