Re: John 1:18

From: George Blaisdell (
Date: Thu Feb 04 1999 - 14:17:21 EST

>From: "Ray Clendenen"

>Does anyone out there have any information about Ehrman's >contention.
His argument seems rather strong to me and >inclines me to agree
that huois is probably the original >reading against the majority
of text critics. What do
>you think?

Hall Harris likes QEOS because it is the more difficult reading!

I like QEOS because I see John 1-18 as a unit of discourse, and the end
of it should tie up with the beginning, [chiastically]. Because TON
QEON [KAI] QEOS forms the pivot of the opening chiasm, I would look
to the end to find this term [QEOS] as well. [The pivot is in the
'betweeness' of the two nouns TON QEON and QEOS, arthrous and

However, I also see the 'left over' PROS TON QEON of the opening
chiasm as being appendable to the end of 1:18 [implicitly, thereby
making EXERGHSONTAI more understandable to me], which could
argue either way. The whole of this gospel seems to predicate around
the hO QEOS-QEOS relationship introduced in the opening chiasm,
which would seem to be another argument in favor of QEOS in

IS the QEOS the HUIOS in 1:18? I do not know how it could reasonably
be denied. So I don't think there is any real problem with using
either one.


George Blaisdell
Roslyn, WA

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