Re: Hebrews 6:6-PARASEPONTAS

From: Justin Winger (
Date: Thu Jun 18 1998 - 04:20:28 EDT

        While I have converted the paper to a PC/Microsoft Word format, I am
having trouble converting the (Mac) Koine font to a PC Greek font, and the
paper relies heavily on the Greek text. I am beginning to wonder if it
would not be easier to send you the paper by snail mail. It would be really
easy to send to you as an attachment if you are using a Mac. Let me know.
If you still want me to try to send it as an attachment to an email, let me
know what kind of computer and word processor you are using... Have a great


At 05:01 PM 6/16/98 -0700, Edgar Foster wrote:
>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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