From: B.J. Williamson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon May 15 2000 - 17:29:40 EDT
Issue: ESMEN hEN
Question: Can the neuter hEN mean “a unit?”
Passage: John 10:30
Translation: I and the father are one (thing).
Can we translate this verse:
I and the father are a unit.
Hence, what would be under discussion in this passage is a description of
Function or Office (as the Christ), not Being or Essence.
I note a portion of the previous verse:
hO PATHR MOU hO' DEDWKEN MOI PANTWN (all) MEIZON ESTIN
And later, Christ says 14:28:
hO PATHR MEIZWN MOU (me) ESTIN
It will take me a while to get use to asking questions in a vacuum. I
realize that we are not to engage in
theological discussions here, so I mention these two other points only to
indicate that the Function of Christ
might also be implicit elsewhere in John.
In other words, I did not just select the word "unit"
No comments about theological issues are sought.
B. J. Williams
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