From: B.J. Williamson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu May 25 2000 - 22:53:56 EDT
Passage: Hebrews 12:1a
Issues: Accusative with Nominative?, ellipsis?
TOIGAROUN KAI hHMEIS
TOSOUTON ECONTES PERIKEIMENON hHMIN
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...
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