Date: Sat Jul 22 2000 - 18:24:48 EDT
In a message dated 7/22/00 11:32:35 AM, email@example.com writes:
<< The parallel with Col 3:16 may be more helpful, but I will discuss both
Col 3:16 - hO LOGOS TOU CRISTOU ENOIKEITW EN hUMIN PLOUSIWS.
Surely Col 3:16-25 and Eph 5:18-6:10 are remarkably parallel. If hO
TOU CRISTOU is the command of Christ to love one another, and if this
love is to issue in the teaching and admonishing of one another with all
Col 3:16), then the parallel command in Eph 5:18 to be filled EN PNEUMATI
seems to suggest a filling in love, as well as wisdom and holiness (Eph
The Gal 5:16 passage, PNEUMATI PERIPATEITE KAI EPIQUMIAN SARKOS
OU MH TELESHTE, may be rendered: walk in spirit (or, spiritually) and
will not carry out fleshy desire. The anarthrous nouns certainly do not
require our inserting the definite articles in the translations, do they?
That the same nouns are articularized in the following verses does not
they are definite in verse 16. Or, does it? If so, why?
I understand that it is often difficult to translate a qualitative
noun into English (cf Jn 4:24, PNEUMA hO QEOS = God is a spirit, or God
certainly not, God is the Spirit). But, I sometimes cringe when I see
inserting "the" when the Greek noun is anarthrous. Surely an anarthrous
can, and often is, definite, but the absence of the article may be
If so, then inserting "the" in translation may be unfortunate and
Paul Dixon >>
Col 3::16 may be complementary to Eph 5:16. Col 3:16 is the content. Eph 5:18
is the means. With respect to Gal 5:16-26, the articular nouns in this
passage strongly suggest that PNEUMATI, since the use of the articles are
probably anaphoric. Also, with respect to Eph 5:18, nouns in prepositional
phrases so not need the article to be definite. Often the preposition itself
has an articular function. All of this strongly suggests that Paul has the
Holy Spirit in mind.
Charles E. Powell, Ph.D.
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