[b-greek] Re: THN hUOQESIAN APOLABWMEN (Gal 4:5)

From: Moon-Ryul Jung (moon@saint.soongsil.ac.kr)
Date: Sun Oct 22 2000 - 02:19:35 EDT

Dear Mark,
thanks for your reply. I searched for the posts you mentioned, and
found out the following post which Eszter wrote:

 I think the
 correct understanding of adoption in the Antiquity requires some light
 from the side of social sciences too. Let it be my contribution to the
 question. As far as I know, nobody, no child became the child of the
 father by birth in the ancient Mediterranean system. They needed to be
 accepted by the father, the father declared them to be his children. (I
 read a lot about it in connection with the sonship of Jesus and I can
 references, if somebody is interested.)

Would these references help with respect to the question
whether "adoption" can mean "giving to a natural born child
an adult status within the family."?

Moon-Ryul Jung
Sogang Univ, Seoul, Korea

> That is, I do not think hUOQESIAN means ONLY "adoption" in the
> English sense of the word. I seem to recall this question many
> months ago on b-greek, with no one able to produce a reference to hUOQESIA
> as the "placing of a natural son to the position
> of adult status" (or something like that). And yet, it seemed to
> be the concensus that such a usage was part of hUOQESIA (perhaps
> representing some Latin counterpart).
> Anyway, I too hope someone will speak to this word hUOQESIA and its
> use of "giving to a natural born child an adult status within the family."
> Thank you,
> Mark Wilson

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