From: Jeffrey B. Gibson (
Date: Mon Aug 24 1998 - 18:50:15 EDT wrote:
> Carl W. Conrad wrote:
> >
> > (1) QEOU probably should be understood as an "objective" genitive,
> > indicating the complement of PISTIN considered as a verbal notion. When a
> > noun modifies another noun, the only case it can go into is the genitive;
> > we'd translate this as "faith IN God." I should add that structurally
> > there's no difference between a "subjective" and an "objective"
> > genitive--these are simply convenient terms to put a handle on what a
> > genitive-case form is doing when attached to a noun that has a verbal
> > notion. Here however, the phrase can hardly mean the faith that God has; it
> > can only mean faith directed to/at God.
> When I first read this, I simply translated it as "Be having God's
> faith." And I'm sticking with it because of the context of this
> passage, which is a paean to the utter power of faith/belief, and is
> showing us the quality of faith that is requisite for moving mountains
> etc. Ordinary human faith is just inadequate. God's faith is not,
> and is available to us...

I wonder, then, in the light of this, whether PISTIS should not here be
given its sense of "faithfulness" - and that what is being stressed by
Jesus is that one should continually remind oneself (especially in
contexts where "unbelief" begins to hold sway) of how faithful God is?


Jeffrey Gibson

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