From: Byron & Linetta Knutson (
Date: Mon Jun 05 2000 - 02:08:45 EDT


You wrote:

Having now conceded the translation as "all of creation," does the EN plus
Dative prep. phrase help in resolving the seemingly difficult, if not
historically inaccurate, inference that the gospel was preached in ALL
CREATION? It is now some 1,940 years later and still missionaries tell us of
PLACES where the gospel has not reached.

My instincts tell me this is an hyperbole or the like. But I still feel it
is an appropriate question in B-Greek, for after all, if I am going to
translate Greek, I should be able to EXPLAIN it as well.

I personally think that this is to be taken literally, but only of you
finish reading the verse, which I think qualifies waht paul is saying. Paul
goes on to tell you that he had preached to everyone he was to serve or

Colossians 1:23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not
moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was
preached to every creature which is under heaven; WHEREOF I PAUL AM MADE A

 I guess he is saying he was faithful to his ministry, which is what he says
elsewhere as in:

1 Timothy 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for
that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

Hope this may add to the discussion,
Byron Knutson

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