From: Edgar Foster (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Apr 18 1998 - 17:19:48 EDT
I will abstain from entering into another discussion right now
involving Christ's Deity. I personally believe that the LOGOS is "God
of a sort," but I still try to look at texts involving Christ's Deity
For your consideration, there is a good discussion about Rom. 9:5 in
Earle's Word Meanings in the NT. While I do not agree with Earle's
conclusion on Rom. 9:5, I feel that he fairly cites both sides. The
argument is primarily one of punctuation, not grammar. Earle also adds
that this argument is not a liberal-conservative argument--even some
conservatives favor THEOS applying to the Father in Rom. 9:5.
> Dear B-Greekers,
> There has been a great deal of correspondence recently about whether
> called Jesus QEOS in 2 Peter 1:1. Without wishing to reopen the
> have to say that it seems to me, as a novice, that the GS rule does
> that case.
> Some of us have also exchanged views about punctuation and its
effect on both
> reading and interpretation.
> May I ask for help in translating another verse which has been used
by many as
> evidence for Christ's membership of the Trinity; Romans 9:5: WN hOI
> KAI EX WN hO CRISTOS TO KATA SARKA; hO WN EPI PANTWN QEOS EULOGHTOS
> AIWNAS, AMHN.
> Here, it seems to me, the interpretation is dependent more on
> about punctuation than about grammar. The key to the translation
> whether in fact there is a stop of any sort after PANTWN.
> All the translations and commentaries I have read are definite that
> and QEOS are one and the same, but it seems to me that the passage
> read just as easily as:
> ... of whom is Christ, concerning the flesh, who is over all - God
> forever, Amen.
> rather than the usual:
> ... of whom is Christ as concerning the flesh, who is over all, God,
> forever. Amen.
> Am I right that the difference in interpretation lies purely in
> about the punctuation, or are there grammatical or linguistic
nuances that tie
> CRISTOS and QEOS firmly together?
> Lest I be misunderstood; I personally believe in Christ's place in the
> Trinity, but I am not convinced that this verse is arguing that
> CARIS hUMIN KAI EIRHNH
> Mike Beazley,
> Bushey, Hertfordshire, UK
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