Re: Romans 1:16,17 - The antecedent of EN AUTW

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Sat Feb 12 2000 - 19:58:31 EST

At 4:47 PM -0800 2/12/00, John Wilking wrote:
>EN AUTW is generally understood to refer to TO EUAGGELION in verse 16. I
>suspect that PANTI TW PISTEUONTI is a more likely antecedent. Is there any
>evidence to the contrary?

Personally I think it unlikely that PANTI TWi PISTEUONTI is the antecedent
of EN AUTWi in verse 17 because the DIKAIOSUNH QEOU is said to be revealed
(APOKALUPTETAI) EN AUTWi--and EN AUTWi doesn't mean "to him" but "in
it"--it must be locative or instrumental in function with APOKALUPTETAI, so
I think that EN AUTWi must be understood either as "in it (the gospel)" or
"by means of it (the gospel)"--the righteousness of God is revealed. The
dative of reference or indirect object doesn't ever have a preposition with


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