[b-greek] Re: adoption

From: Jim West (jwest@highland.net)
Date: Mon Jul 03 2000 - 13:53:14 EDT

At 07:55 PM 7/3/00 +0200, you wrote:

>As for the question on adoption, if one is ready to look in church fathers
>etc, way beyond the Gospel itself, I, coming from the Jewish corner, would
>advocate looking into the Rabbinic traditions. One might start with the
>marriage document "The Ketubah". and thevarious promisses made by the bride
>concerning their mutual as well as her (and not his) children.

the only problem with using the church fathers and the rabbinic literature
in a discussion of the NT concept of adoption is that these sources are very
late (in terms of the NT texts themselves). because they are much later,
they may not really shed much light on either the greek words used in the NT
for this procedure and they also may not accurately reflect NT practices as
those practices may have changed over the years. in short, we need
contemporaneous documents in order to flesh out the NT perspective. where
such contemporaneous texts exist we are very fortunate; and where they do
not we may not allow ourselves the privilege of filling the gaps with later

best, and welcome on behalf of no one but myself,



Jim West, ThD

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