From: Juan Stam (
Date: Sun Nov 08 1998 - 06:52:57 EST

Why do we have a simple genitive in this phrase in Col 1.15 but a
preposition added in 1.18: PRWTOTOKOS EK TWN NEKRWN? In verses of such close
parallelism, the variation would seem to be intentional and imply (it seems
to me) that Christ is "firstborn" of all creation in a different way that he
is "firstborn of the dead". I'd appreciate clarification on the EK in 1.18
and it's absence in 1.15. Many thanks.

                Juan Stam, Costa Rica

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