Re: 1 Cor 12:1-11

From: Jim West (jwest@Highland.Net)
Date: Fri Nov 06 1998 - 03:10:42 EST

At 04:12 AM 11/6/98 +0000, you wrote:
>This is my first attempt to post to the B-Greek list. I'm quite sure that
>I'm not going about it in the right way. Please forgive me.

Alas, sir, your post is not only correct but very well composed, concise,
and well done. Please do not apologize any more- and make as many
contributions to the list as you can!

> Concerning the
>significance of ALLWi and hETERWi in 1 Cor 12: The interchanging of
>synonyms is most likely just an effort to avoid excessive repetition, as
>several other B-Greeks have already opined. The pattern, however, is almost
>certainly not an accident. The stylistic pattern ABAA AABA, or in its more
>common form AB BA is a figure of speech common in Greek and Latin prose and
>poetry. It's called a chiasm or chiasmus because of its resemblance to the
>shape of the letter chi (cf. Odit...privatam luxuriam, publicam
>magnificentiam diligit. 'They hate private extravagance, public
>magnificence they love.') This chiasm probably serves no purpose other
>than to give a pleasing structure to the enumeration of the gifts. Perhaps
>it even served as a mnemonic device for those who might have cared to
>memorize the list.

Again, Chuck, no need to be timorous. I look forward to hearing more from
you! Thanks,


>Chuck Peebles

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