From: Carl W. Conrad (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Sep 14 2000 - 12:33:32 EDT
At 3:27 PM +0000 9/14/00, Mark Wilson wrote:
>>The text: ... EPISTEUSAN hOSOI HSAN TETAGMENOI EIS ZWHN AIWNION.
>>I really don't think anything more is meant by this phrase than we mean by
>>saying "All those who were prepared for the test passed it with flying
>>colors." Nothing is said about who prepared the persons in question,
>>whether they had hit the midnight oil for several nights in a row or
>>someone had given them half a dozen help sessions to make sure that they
>>understood all the problems on which they would be examined. What the
>>phrasing says is nothing more than "those who were ready for the test
>>passed it" and of course it's also implied that "those who weren't ready
>>didn't pass it."
>In case list members missed the implications of this, may I simply say that
>these comments by Carl are not far from a stroke of genius.
>And I think the implications of this observation carry over to other often
>heated debates over the Middle versus Passive, for example, Romans 9:22:
>SKEUH ORGHS KATHRTISMENA EIS APWLEIAN
>I think many have wrongly concluded that the "theological" implications are
>"automatically determined" ONCE THE MIDDLE OR PASSIVE IS DETERMINED.
With all due respect to Mark, I would, for my own part,
(a) rather not get into ANY discussion at all (certainly not in THIS forum)
regarding THEOLOGICAL implications of other passages comparable to Acts
(b) rather not prejudge or generalize about "middle/passive" forms in
reference to the destiny of believers; if what is learned from one instance
can be made to apply to another, so be it, but I think there is
considerable danger in leaping to universal judgments from what one
believes to be the case in a single instance. Think for instance, of
Colwell's principle, and how judiciously it has to be applied to be at all
useful when examining instances of two substantives (supposedly) governed
by a single article. Generalizations (if I may generalize) have a way of
getting us into making judgments that sweep too far in a single stroke.
Carl W. Conrad
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