Re: Hebrews 6:6-PARASEPONTAS

From: Edgar Foster (
Date: Tue Jun 16 1998 - 20:01:41 EDT

Dear Justin,

Thanks for your response. I agree with your conclusions, but would
enjoy having more detail. Could I please get a copy of your article.


Edgar Foster

---Justin Winger <> wrote:
> Edgar:
> I am by no means an expert in Greek, on this passage, or on
> Bible. Besides that, this is a fairly controversial passage.
However, I
> did write a paper on Hebrews 6:4-6 and my conclusions are as follows.
> I found that the author was a very educated person who used
> skill of rhetoric to present to his audience an argument for them to
> persevere in their faith. The audience was composed of Jewish
> (thus, they were believers). One of the indications of the author's
> rhetorical skill is his widespread use of synonyms throughout his
> The work itself, aside from being well-argued, contaings five "warning
> passages" (2:1-3, 3:8-4:2, 6:4-12 (though especially 6:4-6),
10:25-38, and
> 12:1-25; see Scot McKnight, "The Warning Passages of Hebrews: A Formal
> Analysis and Theological Conclusions," *Trinity Journal*, Spring
> which contain grave warnings about one particular sin. The entire
work may
> very possibly have been a speech or a sermon. I found evidence that
> string of participles which precede PARAPESONTAS describe believers
> the audience of 6:4-6 is specifically Christian). I argued that
> PARAPESONTAS is used as a synonym for both APOSTHNAI and hEKOUSIWS
> hAMARTANONTWN hHMWN and is the same as the sins referred to in the
> warning passages.
> As to what the writer is saying about those believers, I
argued that
> it is a warning against apostasy, that it is possible for one to lose
> his/her salvation. HOWEVER, we have all of the sudden jumped into
one of
> the most hotly debated *theological* realms that there is, and that
is not
> the focus of this list. I will say, however, that there are many
> ways that "it is possible to lose your salvation" can be taken. The
> questions "What does it mean to lose your salvation? What does it
take? Is
> it turning your back on God once an for all -- abandoning Christianity
> *completely* or is it something less?" definitely need to be asked.
> again, that is outside the scope of this list. Email me if you want
> specific info or a copy of the paper. I hope this hasn't been too
> Justin
> At 11:50 AM 6/14/98 -0700, Edgar Foster wrote:
> >To Whom does the aorist participle PARAPESONTAS in Heb. 6:6 refer?
> >Does it refer to believers? If so, what is the writer saying about
> >such ones? Conversely, could the writer's words apply to
> >non-Christians instead?
> >
> >Thanks,
> >
> >Edgar Foster
> >
> >Classics Major
> >
> >Lenoir-Rhyne College
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