Re: Another Carson Question--Sort Of

From: Edgar Foster (
Date: Sat Apr 11 1998 - 13:09:08 EDT

---Steven Cox wrote:

> Dear Mark
> On this topic ATR says (p785) "A most important passage is
> 2Pet1:1" (although he doesn't say why it is important...)
> Can you quote the gk references produced in Stafford's book
> as evidence for excluding "quasi-proper names" from the GS
> rule? Presumably there are some from contemporary sources?
> Rgds
> Steven

Dear Steven,

I cannot provide Stafford's book as I have not received my copy yet.
It is my observation, however, that there ARE in fact exceptions to
the GS Rule. Now, I know that James White and even Dale Wheeler (no
offense Dale) feel that the GS Rule is just that! But, it seems to me
that there are examples of the GS Rule not being applicable in
Scripture. Let me cite a few references here. Maybe someone can show
me where I'm wrong here.

Eph. 5:5
2 Thess. 1:12
2 Tim. 4:1
Tit. 1:4

As for 2 Pet. 1:1, it is debatable whether or not the GS rule applies
there. In view of the context, I would not equate Christ with QHEOS.
This may also be a case of the quasi-personal names that Stafford
speaks of.

One more question: if the absence of the article vis-a'-vis the second
substantive means that Jesus is BOTH God and Savior in Tit. 2:13, is
the converse also true? I.e., in John 20:28 an article precedes both
KURIOS and QEOS. Therefore we have an article-noun-kai-article-noun
construction. Any significance here?

E. Foster

L-R College

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