From: Carl W. Conrad (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Nov 09 2000 - 06:04:01 EST
At 8:31 PM +1100 11/9/00, One of the McKays wrote:
>EAN TIS AGAPAi TON KOSMON, OUK ESTIN hH AGAPH TOU PATROS EN AUTWi.
>Does this mean that the one who loves the world has no love for the Father,
>or that the Father's love is not in him/her?
>Contextually, I think I could argue for both!
I think I would agree with this; the Greek text would certainly admit our
understanding hH AGAPH TOU PATROS in the sense of either an objective or a
subjective genitive (realizing these are interpretative categories rather
than something inherent in the structure), but I think there's evidence in
the Johannine text that the AGAPH is reciprocal when properly based.
Carl W. Conrad
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