From: Carl W. Conrad (email@example.com)
Date: Sat Jul 01 2000 - 15:17:13 EDT
At 2:51 PM +0000 7/1/00, Mark Wilson wrote:
>>From: "Carl W. Conrad" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>>It appears to me that the entry in VED is based upon the theology of >John
>>1:12-13 rather than on the usage of the Greek noun hUIOQESIA and >the Greek
>>verbal idiom hUION/hUIOUS TIQEMAI or hUION/hUIOUS POIOUMAI.
>My last post got me curious enough to look a little further on my own. And
>have found somewhat of a similar statement of adoption not ALWAYS used of
>adopting a non-family member into a family.
>One author indicated that this word comes from "son" and "placing, or to
>place." Hence, to place as a son (adult, not child). However, this adoption
>ceremony takes place with "natural" sons as well.
>That is, it carried the idea of a "child" being placed into, and recognized
>as, an ADULT child (son) of the family, when all the privileges and
>responsibities where conferred upon him. This ceremony took place with sons
>who were natural members of the family.
>I guess this would be something like the Bar Mitzvah.
>This at least agrees with one aspect of Vine's definition.
>Can anyone confirm or deny this dimension to ancient adoption?
As I recall, Raymond Brown in _The Birth of the Messiah_ discusses the
practices of adoption with reference to the relationship of Jesus and
Joseph and the genealogies of Jesus in Matthew and Luke. This is, of
course, not really a question about Greek but about social law in NT Jewish
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University
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