[b-greek] re Jude 7

From: Matthew W. Farrell (mwfarrell@mindex.com)
Date: Tue Mar 27 2001 - 12:22:18 EST

Jim West wrote:

> Is there any document which uses this word in the sense of
> (or is it inhospitable)? The reason i ask is because the dreadful sin
> sodom and gomorrah was inhospitality and hence, wonder if Jude
> the sin or used the word ekporneuw in a proper sense now now longer
> generally apprehended.

You raise a good question. I think, however, that the in of
"inhospitality" is a
conclusion from the overall context of the story rather than a
conclusion based on the
translation of any one term. Ekporneusasai in Jude 7, as you mentioned,
comes from
ekporneuw and has to do with indulging in sexually immoral behavior and
cannot mean by
definition, "inhospitable."

Wheter Jude misunderstood the story of Sodom and Gomorrah as a whole is
another issue.
One mistake that seems easy to fall into, is that because of the recent
tendency to
treat the "main" sin of Sodom and Gomorrah as that of "inhospitality,"
there is a
consequent tendency to forget that the sexual desires that characterized
the people
are still considered grave sins - even so far as to result in captial
Therefore, though Jude may not be addressing the broader sin of
"inhospitality," the
author is certainly still addressing sexual immorality, a sin that
resulted in

Hope this helps a little.


Matt Farrell

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