[b-greek] Re: EDIKAIWQH (James 2:21)

From: Kimmo Huovila (kimmo.huovila@helsinki.fi)
Date: Tue Jul 18 2000 - 11:58:40 EDT


It seems that the semantics of DIKAIOW are flexible enough to include
the meaning 'to show/demonstrate one to be righteous'. There is no
declaration of righteousness in the context (of Luke) as such, nor of
making someone righteous, but rather an outward attempt at demonstration
of one's (supposed) righteousness.

Kimmo Huovila

"Carl W. Conrad" wrote:
> At 5:02 AM +0000 7/18/00, Mark Wilson wrote:
> >James 2:21

> I think that DIKAIOW here in James must bear the same weight as it does in
> Paul's standard usage in his arguments for "justification by faith" or
> "rightwising by faith" (or however you prefer to put it into your own group
> vernacular): it means two things essentially: (1) to declare that the
> person indicated by accusative object of the verb (or nom. subject of a
> passive verb, as in this instance) is righteous and therefore has already
> been granted life in the age to come; and (2) to begin the process of
> transforming the person from what he/she now is (anything BUt righteous)
> into a righteous person. So I'd say here that the first line of the
> above-cited text should be understood as, "Abraham our father was not
> accounted righteous as a result of works ..."

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