Re: 1 P. 3:18-22

From: Daniel L Christiansen (
Date: Fri Mar 10 2000 - 11:32:16 EST

Garrett B Trott & Maurice A. O'Sullivan wrote [snipped]:

> >But when it comes to vv. 18-19, neither English version makes any
> >typographical distinction, whereas N/A 27 again indents ( without
> >italicization, this time ).
> >
> >It's only a small point, but have you any idea why N/A should indent
> >vv. 18-19?
> Just an idea, but some scholars see a creed-like formula present in these
> verses, similar to what is in 1 Timothy 3:16. N/A indents it similar to
> how they indent 1 Timothy 3:16, since the original audience may have
> perhaps seen it as a "kind-of quotation."

The lack of italicization is not surprising, since italics are reserved
in NA27 for OT quotes (cf Introduction p 50). And I think that Garrett
is close to the mark with his comment on "creed-like formula." (In
addition to 1Tim 3:16, we have 1Thess 5:16-22; 1Tim 2:5-6, 6:11-12,
6:15-16; 2Tim 1:9-10; Col 1:15-20 and--of course--the Carmen Christi in
Phil 2:5-11).

I was surprised that the Intro to NA27 did not include any comment on
the editors' decisions for determining & indicating poetics; however,
even without specific info in the edition, it is clear that this is what
has been done. The indentation of v 18 is due to a poetic structure of
the text; such poetic structure itself is usually seen as evidencing an
early Church confession/creed/hymn.

Daniel L. Christiansen
Department of Bible
Multnomah Bible College
8435 NE Glisan Street
Portland, OR  97220
(Also Portland Bible College, Prof of Biblical Languages)

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