Re: DIAKRINW (emphasis on 1 Cor 11:31)

From: Ben Crick (
Date: Sun Aug 16 1998 - 12:45:34 EDT

On Sat 15 Aug 98 (16:14:54 +0800), wrote:
> We are working on our understanding of DIAKRINW as found in the New
> Testament. One of the options that we are examining is the concept of
> balancing the pros and the cons, picking up on "evaluation".


 Others will have their say; maybe there is a parallel here with the
 German urteilen and verurteilen? The prefix intensifies the meaning of
 the verb; sometimes in an advantageous sense, sometimes in a detrimental
 sense. Urteilen is to judge; verurteilen is to condemn to prison or death.
 So KRINW and KATAKRINW in verse 32.

 DIAKRINW, IMHO, means rather to "discern", or to suspend judgment, or make
 a preliminary assessment. To stand aside and try to make an objective
 rather than a subjective view of oneself (verse 31). In verse 29 it
 means to discern.

 What a versatile word! I remember what fun we had with PNEUMATIKOIS
 PNEUMATIKA SUGKRINONTES (1 Corinthians 2:13)!


 Revd Ben Crick, BA CF
 232 Canterbury Road, Birchington, Kent, CT7 9TD (UK)

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