Re: Philippians 1:5

From: Carlton Winbery (
Date: Fri Sep 10 1999 - 19:57:46 EDT

>1. Verse 5 is a continuation of a sentence that began in verse 3. Verse 5
>begins with a prepositional phrase EPI THi hUMWN that is related to the
>main verb of this one long sentence EUCARISTW (v. 3). Do you agree with
>this statement?

 EPI THi KOINWNIAi hUMWN is probably causal. "Because of your sharing . . ."
This probably relates to THN DEHSIN POIOUMENOS "praying", tho it could
relate to both the ptc and the main verb.

>2. What type of genitive is hUMWN? What sense does it yield?

If you see KOINWNIAi as a noun that indicates action, then hUMWN would be
subjective genitive.

>3. What is the force of the following prepositional phrases?
>3.a. EPI THi KOINWNIAi - to show the cause of Paul's prayer and thanksgiving
>3.b. EIS TO EUAGGELION - purpose. to indicate that the sharing benefited
>the task indicated by EUAGGELION.
>3.c. APO THS PRWTHS - genitive (ablative) indicating separation or point
>of origin.
>3.d. ACRI TOU NUN - genitive of time. the article transforms the adverb
>into a substantive. "until now"
>4. Would a literal translation of ACRI TOU NUN be "until the now"? Yes but
>not the way we say it in English.
>5. What does the genitive article following ACRI do the the adverb NUN?
>makes it function like a substantive.
>6. Suggested translation of EPI THi KOINWNIAi? Which is better? "Because of
>your partnership" or "in the basis of your partnership" or " in view of
>your partnership"?

 I think it is causal.

Dr. Carlton L. Winbery
Foggleman Professor of Religion
Louisiana College
Ph. 1 318 448 6103 hm
Ph. 1 318 487 7241 off

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