From: Carl W. Conrad (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Aug 12 1998 - 06:57:36 EDT
At 7:40 PM -0700 8/11/98, Edgar Foster wrote:
>It appears to me that there are at least three possible meanings of
>the clause hWS AGGELON QEOU . . . hWS XRISTON IHSOUN.
>(1) XRISTON IHSOUN is in apposition to AGGELON QEOU.
>(2) hWS XRISTON IHSOUN intensifies hWS AGGELON QEOU.
>(3) hWS XRISTON IHSOUN builds upon hWS AGGELON QEOU.
>Personally, I tend to opt for (1) or (2). In part, this decision is
>based on a similar passage in Zech. 12:8:
>"he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as [HAYAH] David;
>and the house of David shall be as God [ELOHIM'], as the angel [MALAK]
>of the Lord before them."
For my part, I would say all three of these alternatives are 'more or less'
right, inasmuch as hWS AGGELON QEOU is in apposition to ME. But I
personally think that the association with Zech 12:8 is very remote and of
questionable relevance to our passage in Galatians.
The relevant portion of the LXX of Zech 12:8 reads thus:
KAI ESTAI hO ASQENWN EN AUTOIS EN EKEINHi THi hHMERAi hWS OIKOS DAUID, hO
DE OIKOS DAUID hWS OIKOS QEOU hWS AGGELOS KURIOU ENWPION AUTWN.
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University
Summer: 1647 Grindstaff Road/Burnsville, NC 28714/(828) 675-4243
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