From: Steven Lo Vullo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Mar 19 2000 - 17:34:48 EST
Oftentimes in the NT a noun is anarthrous, not because it is indefinite, but
because the stress is on the nature of the person/thing or on some
characteristic of the person/thing. In this case the noun is not indefinite
(the Heavenly Father is clearly in view), rather, the stress is on a
particular characteristic of the One we call upon, i.e., unlike many earthly
fathers we invoke "a Father who judges each man's work impartially" (NIV).
----- Original Message -----
From: Carl W. Conrad <email@example.com>
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Sent: Sunday, March 19, 2000 9:43 AM
Subject: Re: 1Pet.1:17
> At 10:25 AM -0500 3/19/00, Dmitriy Reznik wrote:
> >Dear friends,
> >Thank you very much for your precous help. Still I have a subquestion.
> >On Sun, 19 Mar 2000 07:20:35 -0600 "Carl W. Conrad"
> ><firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> >> And I would agree with George's implicit answer to this
> >> question--that
> >> PATERA is the direct object, TON ... KRINONTA is an attributive
> >> participle
> >> phrase.
> >PATERA has no article. So can it be a direct object? And can we translate
> >"a father" about G-d?
> Because PATERA has no article, we translate it "a father"--and we do so
> because we are using it not specifically as we would TON QEON. I think the
> point is that other peoples or other individuals may invoke their own
> "Father" deity or may even invoke their own individual "father"--but the
> weight in this particular phrase is on the TON ... KRINONTA phrase.
> Carl W. Conrad
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