From: Bill Ross (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Apr 16 1998 - 22:04:29 EDT
Paul, I personally don't have as big problem with "3 times" including both
forms of "love" as I do ignoring the intentionally varied forms employed by
From: Paul S. Dixon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thursday, April 16, 1998 8:36 PM
Subject: Jn 21:15-17
>I have two questions from this passage.
>First, what is your take on the AGAPAS/FILEIS interpretation? Is there a
>difference in meaning between the two words here, or should we see them
>as being virtually synonymous, at least in this context?
>I am tending towards the latter interpretation because of v. 17 where it
>says Peter was grieved hOTI EIPEN AUTWi TO TRITON, FILEIS ME;
>Technically, Christ had said FILEIS only once, and AGAPAS twice. Thus,
>John would be wrong, unless he understood AGAPAS and FILEIS to be
>Second, if the same question is being asked three times, should we also
>expect the resultant charges to be synonymous? Do they all mean the same
> BOSKE TA ARNIA MOU
> POIMAINE TA PROBATA MOU
> BOSKE TA PROBATA MOU
>Is this just an emphatic way of driving home the point, i.e., if Peter
>really loved Christ, then he would tend His flock, which includes feeding
>and caring for the entire flock, young included?
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