From: Moon-Ryul Jung (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Feb 10 2001 - 07:20:55 EST
I have some question on the syntax of Rom 4:16-17:
hOS ESTIN PATHR PANTWN hHMWN,
KAQWS GEGRAPTAI hOTI PATERA POLLWN EQNWN TEQEIKA SE,
KATENANTI hOU EPISTEUSEN QEOU TOU ZWOPOIOUNTOS TOUS VEKROUS.
I consulted several versions, all of which render the above as follows:
(a) who is the father of us all
(b) (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,)
(c) before him whom he believed, [even] God, who quickeneth the dead.
In this rendering, (a) and (c) are considered to form a sentence, where
(b) is a
But I am inclined to render it as follows:
who is the father of us all, as it is written "I have made thee a father
of many nations";
before whom he believed, God who quickens the dead.
In this rendering, the antecedent of hOU is the "I" who made the promise.
I wonder why many translations do not render as I did.
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