From: Theodore H Mann (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Mar 29 2000 - 07:55:19 EST
I think the answer to your concern lies in the realm of Bible
interpretation, not Greek grammar, though others are far better qualified
to answer that question than I. I make the following observations:
(1) There were more apostles than original twelve: Matthias (Acts 1:26),
Barnabas (Acts 14:14), James (Gal.1:19), Andronicus and Junas (Rom.16:7,
depending on how you read this verse), Silas (1 Thess.2:6--Silas was
Paul's companion when in Thessalonica [ Acts 17:10] ).
(2) Because Eph.3:5 says that the mystery of Christ (v4) "has NOW been
revealed" (that is, during NT times), and because God's household (2:19)
has Christ Jesus as the corner stone (v20), with the prophets as part of
the foundation, I opt for the second of your options: that is, that this
refers to NT prophets.
Dr. Theodore "Ted" H. Mann / email@example.com
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On Wed, 29 Mar 2000 08:52:16 +0200 "Blahoslav Cicel" <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Hello list
> I have a question about the use of PROFHTAI in Eph 2:20 and 3:5.
> There is a
> phrase APOSTOLOI KAI PROFHTAI in both verses. The APOSTOLOI is clear
> - the
> Twelve, but what about the PROFHTAI.
> There are two hypotheses:
> - the OT prophets (as 2Pt 3:2 uses PROFHTAI KAI APOSTOLOI)
> - the NT recently born christian church prophets (as Jesus in Mt
> 23:34 or Lk
> 11:49 uses them)
> My question is:
> Is there any hint in the text (in the greek), esp. in 3:5, which
> could give
> preference to one of those hypotheses? (YES/NO).
> If YES, what in the text gives preference to which hypotheses and
> If NOT I will ask later some questions about the structure of 3:5 to
> be sure
> of this answer.
> Disclaimer: I have no intention to discuss prophets in the today´s
> Blaho, pastor in the North of Bohemia
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