From: Jeffrey B. Gibson (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Aug 24 1998 - 18:50:15 EDT
> 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?
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