Re: THi ELEUQERIAi in Gal 5:1 (Doch Nochmals)

From: Jeffrey B. Gibson (
Date: Wed Jun 09 1999 - 09:59:15 EDT

"Carl W. Conrad" wrote:

[much snipped]

> And while I'd certainly deem this a possibility, I'm inclined to doubt its probability. I'm no expert on Pauline style, but my gut sense is that he is a native writer of Greek and that the Hebraisms we find in his writings are more likely liturgical items of synagogue Greek, not consequences of his own thinking in Hebrew when he writes Greek. Deissmann too, if I've rightly understood what you've cited above, seems to be looking for such semitisms more in the gospels and in OT apocryphal writings that survive in Greek versions.
> My own opinion on Gal 5:1 continues, for the time being ..., to be that the text printed in UBS4/NA27, even if it is earlier and accounts for the variants found in other MSS, is probably not right. I'd be inclined to enclose ELEUQERIAi in square brackets (nor am I yet persuaded, obviously, that ELEUQERIAi is a Dative of Manner, as Daniel Christiansen most recently suggested).

Since the issue of how much Paul's style is involved here (among many other Pauline issues) has been raised, may I suggest -- at the risk of being accused of engaging in a shameless plug <g> -- that the question of the meaning of THi ELEUQERIAi in Gal. 5:1 be submitted be to Corpus Paulinum (


Jeffrey Gibson

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