Re: 2 Cor. 6:16 Sentence Construction?

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Wed Mar 25 1998 - 06:23:57 EST

At 10:16 PM -0600 3/24/98, clayton stirling bartholomew wrote:
>justin wrote:
>> How is ESMEN functioning in this verse? It really seems out of place in the
>> sentence construction. I have looked at several grammars and had no luck
>> finding a solution. Does ESMEN function as a pointer to the OT prophecy in
>> the latter part of verse 16?
>I haven't seen an answer to this on the list. I am a little puzzled about what
>Justin is puzzled about. There are some textual variants here.
>hHMEIS . . . ESMEV is read by Aleph* B D* 33 81* it(d) cop(sa,bo) . . .
>hUMEIS . . . ESTE is read by p46 C D(c) G K Psi 641 Maj Lect it(g,61) . . .
>hHMEIS . . . ESMEV is the more difficult (but not terribly difficult) reading
>and it explains the other reading as an attempt to tidy up the text a little.
>The context would make the second person plural a little easier than the first
>person plural, but Alford, Hodge and Meyer all treated the difference between
>these readings as a wash in terms of exegesis.
>I think Justin's question may have had to do with some perceived syntactical
>difficulty, but if such a difficulty exists I have overlooked it. Perhaps the
>word order has given pause? The equative verb coming between QEOU and ZWNTOS?

Yes, I too assumed that the problem had to do with the word-order, but the
position of ESMEN (we do normally use N for Nu) is not extraordinary. One
might perhaps expect an article before ZWNTOS, assuming this is an
attributive participle, "a temple of the living God."
Carl W. Conrad
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