From: Carl W. Conrad (email@example.com)
Date: Wed May 20 1998 - 07:16:07 EDT
At 9:15 PM -0400 5/20/98, Paul Zellmer wrote:
>What think ye about the meaning of TO PROSWPON THS GENESEWS AUTOU in
>James 1:23? Several English translations render this "his own face,"
>but that seems a bit weak to me. If we go with "his natural face,"
>then are we contrasting it to his spiritual face? Or does it imply a
>face that has imperfections (assuming that all "natural" things are
>imperfect)? If it is "his living face" or the like, then what is being
>placed outside of his consideration--his "dead" face? If it is "his
>original face," then is he going to have plastic surgery? Perhaps, in
>the light of verse 24, GENESIS refers to his ancestry, and PROSWPON is
>figurative. The words I "know." How they work together in this
>situation, I'm unsure.
How's about "the face he was born with" (as opposed to "the face he
acquired via plastic surgery"); I think that's what is actually meant in
1:23. Presumably it is the one who has had plastic surgery, or who fancies
himself more handsome than he is, whose forgotten what that mirror-image
really showed him. Catullus has a cute little poem about a harlot who
charges too much; I'll cite only the punch line (Catullus 43:7-8):
non est sana puella, nec rogare
qualis sit solet aes imaginosum.
"The girl's out of her mind--and also out of the habit of
asking a mirror what she actually looks like."
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University
Summer: 1647 Grindstaff Road/Burnsville, NC 28714/(828) 675-4243
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