From: Bill Barton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Nov 14 2000 - 21:33:31 EST
Alan Thomas wrote:
AT>1 Timothy 1.14 hUPEREPLEONASEN DE hH CARIS TOU KURIOU hHMWN
META PISTEWS KAI AGAPHS THS EN CRISTWi IHSOU>
AT>But what are the interpretive options for META?>
Paul appears to be saying that he was saved by God's mercy; and that by
God's grace he was granted a life of service. Such a life of Christian
service is based in faith and love, the two distinctives of a Christian.
So faith and love were "in company with" (meta) this grace of God.
AT>Is not hUPEREPLEONASEN 3 person singular, restricting it to CARIS?>
I'd say that the phrase beginning with meta qualifies the verb, linking it
to pistis and agape.
AT>How would one understand PISTEWS to be abundant?>
The believer's life would abound with actions that have their basis in
faith and love. Cf 1 Thess 3:6, 1 Thess 5:8, 1 Tim 2:13, 2 Tim 1:13
AT>Also, why is THS (singular) used and not TWN (for both PISTEWS KAI
Perhaps TNS is meant to be distributed against pistis and agape, but is
only written once for economy; and TWN EISIN is not written at all, but
rather is understood. This would result in "(the) faith and the love
(which are) in Christ Jesus."
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