From: Harold R. Holmyard III (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Sep 04 2000 - 12:00:14 EDT
One translation offered for EPITELEW in LSJ is "bring to perfection."
Others are "complete" or "finish." In BAGD are suggested translations
"bring out" or "perform." The translation of Phil 1:6 would have to supply
"it" in all these translations of the verb.
>Given the recent thread concerning aspect, I think my question here
>will give some feet to the somewhat theoretic nature. In other words,
>different pieces of a context bring together different pieces of the
>meaning. However, my question is about tense and specifically how tense
>is derived from a text.
>In Philippians 1:6 we have:
> hOTI hO ENARXAMENOS EN hUMIN ERGON AGAQON EPITELESEI AXRI
> hHMERAS CRISTOU IHSOU:
> EPITELESEI is future.
> EPITELEW is rather punctilliar in nature. I understand it to
> "mean" complete. In fact, the nature of completion may be somewhat
> emphatic given the prefix EPI. It is used in the NT in : Gal. 3:3,
> Heb. 8:5, Heb. 9:6, 2 Cor. 7:1, 2 Cor. 8:6, 2 Cor. 8:11 (twice),
> 1 Pet. 5:9, and Rom. 15:28. Heb. 8:5 is rather interesting
> in this regard. The NIV has "when he was about to build the
> tabernacle" he was warned to focus on the details. Perhaps it
> would be better to translate as, "when the tabernacle was nearly
> complete" he was warned to focus on the details. In other words,
> "Moses, make sure you do last minute quality checks so that
> everything is exactly the way I said it should be!"
> AXRI must contour the tense of the verb. In other words, one
> can't have a punctilliar until. There has to be some sense of
>So, my question is generally how one would translate this.
> "that the one who has begun a good work in you(pl) will continue to
> complete it until the day of Christ Jesus"
> "that the one who has begun a good work in you(pl) will continue until
> he completes it at the day of Christ Jesus"
> something else be best? The NIV has "carry it on to completion".
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