Re: hO GEGONEN in John 1:3

From: lakr (
Date: Mon Nov 16 1998 - 18:36:27 EST


   It is interesting to note how all the early Fathers took this
   verse and when the sentiment changed. Also note that even
   Athanasius took hO GEGOGEN with what followed. These stats
   can all be derived from the Nestle Aland 27th edition.

   ------------------------------- |--------------------------------
   A. oude hen. ho gegonen en | B. ouden hen ho gegonen. en
   ------------------------------- |--------------------------------
   Joh 1:3 All things came into | All things were made by him;
   being through him, and without | and without him was not any
   him not one thing came into | thing made that was made.
   being. 4 In him was life, and | 4 In him was life;and the life
   the life was the light of all | was the light of men. (KJV)
   people. (NRSV) |
   ------------------------------- |--------------------------------
   NaassenesII/III |
   Theodotus (ac. to Cl) II |
   Valentinians( Ir) 160 |
   Diatessaron II |
   Ptolemy II |
   HeracleonII |
   Theophilus 180 |
   Perateni III |
   Irenaeus 202 |
   Clement 215 |
   Tertullian 220 |
   Hippolutus 235 |
   Origen 254 | Adamantius 300
   Eusebius 339 | Alexander 373
   Ambrosiaster IV | Ephraem 373
   Hilary 367 | Didymus 398
   Athanasius 373 | Epiphanus 403
   Cyril (Jeruselem) 386 | Chrysotom 420
   Epiphanus403 | Jerome 420
                                   | Nonnus 431
                                   | Pseudo Ignatius V
   ------------------------------- |--------------------------------

   ''"A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament" by Bruce M.
   Metzger, United Bible Societies, page 195 "A majority of the
   Committee was impressed by the consensus of ante-Nicene writers
   (orthodox and heretical alike) who took hO GEGONEN with what
   follows. When, however, in the fourth century Arians and the
   Macedonian heretics began to appear to the passage to prove that
   he Holy Spirit is to be regarded as on of the created things,
   orthodox writers prefered to take hO GEGONEN with the preceding
   sentence, thus removing the possibiliby of heretical use of the
   passage. The punctuation adopted for the text is in accord with
   what a majority regarded as the rhythmical balance of the
   opening verses of the Prologue, where the climactic or
   "staircase" parallelism seems to demand that the end of one line
   should match the beginning of the next.''

Larry Kruper

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