Re: Jn 21:15-17 in English

From: Paul S. Dixon (
Date: Mon Apr 20 1998 - 17:58:29 EDT

On Mon, 20 Apr 1998 21:36:29 +0800 Steven Cox
<> writes:
> Hi Paul
> I hate to say this, but what if your lovely wife is right? :-)
>At 22:47 19/04/98 EDT, Paul S. Dixon wrote:
>>First >Peter would seem to be contradicting himself, for he first
>says, yes
>>he does, then says no he doesn't
> Is my soup better than mothers?
> Yes darling you know it's delicious
> Is my soup good?
> Yes darling you know it's delicious
> Is my soup delicious?
> Darling! You know it all. It is delicious!

The problem with this scenario is that the answerer would not be
answering the questions, not unless he means by "delicious" that 1] it is
better than mother's, and 2] it is good.

But, if he does mean these things by his use of "delicious," then clearly
the two terms, good {better} and delicious, are synonymous, at least in
this context. So also, FILEIS and AGAPAS would be synonymous.

The only other way Peter could be viewed as answering the questions,
assuming a difference in meaning between AGAPAS and FILEIS, would be if
AGAPAS were a subset of FILEIS, i.e., if FILW were greater than AGAPW and
necessarily implied it. But, this would never stand.

So, either they are synonymous, or the questions are not being answered.

Paul Dixon

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