[b-greek] Re: Rom 9:3

From: Mike Sangrey (mike@sojurn.lns.pa.us)
Date: Thu Jul 06 2000 - 16:00:06 EDT

Mike Wine <mikewine@juno.com> said:

> Most translations say something like "For I could wish" for HUCOMHN.
> And so the phrase refers to a current wish of a Christian Paul. But
> some, like Young's render the verb in such a way (more literally?)
> that this phrase refers to Saul's pre-Christian thinking: For I was
> wishing (i.e., when I was not a Christian).

Along with Jim West's comment I'd like to add that 'AUTOS EGW' carries, in
this context, a tone of considerable emotion. That is, coupled with Paul's
strong statement in verse 2, this man is hurting. A pre-Damascus road Paul
had NO intentions of being an ANAQEMA APO TOU CRISTOU. The language of his
tears was translated into Greek here.

Having said that, the imperfect does portray the action with certain
remoteness, not necessarily temporal, which a present would have brought right
to the fore and an aorist would have pushed too far back.

It appears to be very well worded Greek--presenting both the intensity of how
Paul feels along with the reality he so frustratingly understands.

Mike Sangrey
Landisburg, Pa.
       Every Christian library should have a plaque which states:
            "There is one book which explains all of these."

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