Either this or myself needs straightening out

From: B.J. Williamson (hellen_ic@hotmail.com)
Date: Thu May 25 2000 - 22:53:56 EDT

Passage: Hebrews 12:1a

Issues: Accusative with Nominative?, ellipsis?


I take TOSOUTON as Accusative. I take NEFOS as Nominative.
And for these reasons, it seems unnatural to put them together
as seeming all translations do: “such a great cloud.”

Would someone confirm or correct my thinking here:

Taking the participle ECONTES as Causal, and TOSOUTON as its Object,
I would have to fill in the missing part:

“because we have such a great ________”

Taking NEFOS as Nominative, I would like to place it as the subject
of the second participle PERIKEIMENON and treat it appositionally:

“a cloud of witnesses surrounding us,”

Since Hebrews 11 highlights the heroic examples of many OT saints,
I might suggest that this heroic group fill in the blank of 12:1.

Putting the above together, I have roughly this:

“For this very reason, therefore,
because we have such a great (heroic group as an example),
(namely,) a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us ...”

The more comments the better, pro or con...


B.J. Williamson

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