From: Ben Crick (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Sep 28 1998 - 18:13:07 EDT
On Mon 28 Sep 98 (14:22:04 +1100), email@example.com wrote:
> Am I correct in thinking that the phrase:
> "EI TIS KOINWNIA PNEUMATOS"
> could be translated
> 1) "if any fellowship of spirit" (ie our own spirits)
> OR 2) "if any fellowship (with each other) that derives from the (holy)
> OR 3) "if any fellowship with the (Holy) Spirit"
All the EVV have capitalised "Spirit" at Phil 2:1; but the Vulgate has
/si qua societas spiritus/. When the Holy Spirit is meant, the Vulgate
usually capitalises /Spiritus/.
I think that a clew could be found in that Paul's native language was
Aramaic, and his major study was in the Hebrew Scriptures. So although
writing in Greek, he quite often uses Semitic idioms, such as the
"Construct Relationship" which comes across in Greek as a Genitive pair.
Hebrew is short of adjectives; so the cognate noun is used in a Construct
Pair. Instead of saying "spiritual fellowship", it comes across as
"fellowship-of spirit", or as here, KOINWNIA PNEUMATOS, "fellowship
of-spirit" (note the position of the hyphen). In the Hebrew NT, Franz
Delitzsch puts /'iM HiThChaBRuWTh HaRuWaCh/. Root Ch-B-R in Hithpa`el
means "to be joined"; hence "if [there is] fellowship of *the* Spirit"
where Spirit is definite (HaRuWaCh): so Delitzsch thinks KOINWNIA PNEUMATOS
is definite, even if anarthrous; and this indicates that in his judgment,
Spirit should have a capital S, not a small s.
JB Lightfoot in a very brief comment draws attention to the benediction
in 2 Corinthians 13:13 hH KOINWNIA TOU hAGIOU PNEUMATOS. He paraphrases
"EI TIS KOINWNIA K.T.L.] 'If communion with the Spirit of love is not a
mere idle name, but a real thing.' (/Epistle to the Philippians/, ad loc).
William Hendriksen, /Philippians/, Grand Rapids, 1962, has a footnote ^73:
"^73 This genitive transcends both objective and subjective; one might call
it adjectival. That it is a fellowship /with/ the Holy Spirit, an actual
participation in that Spirit and in all his benefits cannot be doubted
(cf 1 Cor. 10:16; 1 John 1:3). But Paul also here regards it as the /gift/
of the Spirit, just as he here considers the /persuasive appeal/ as
springing from love, and just as in 2 Cor. 13:13 he views /grace/ as being
the gift of the Lord Jesus Christ, /love/ the gift of the Father, and
/fellowship/ the gift of the Holy Spirit" (page 98).
On balance, Tim, I go with the translators of the English Versions and
put Spirit with a capital S; your option (3).
-- Revd Ben Crick, BA CF <firstname.lastname@example.org> 232 Canterbury Road, Birchington, Kent, CT7 9TD (UK) http://www.cnetwork.co.uk/crick.htm
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