[b-greek] RE: Gender...What!?

From: Jim Darden (jim@dardenhome.com)
Date: Tue Mar 27 2001 - 19:27:09 EST

While you're ducking...is there a grammatical reason in 3:1 EPISKOPHS is
used and in 3:2 EPISKOPOS? Is the point of this that women (v1) will desire
the position but only men qualify (v2)? <BIGGER GRIN> (now I'm ducking).
Please take the first question seriously.

Jim Darden

> Well, just take a look at 1 Tim. 3:1, where EPISKOPHS is feminine (exactly
> morphologically parallel to masculine EPISKOPOS, except for the gender
> suffix). But surely we all know that an EPISKOPHS could only be
> biologically
> masculine! <BG> (Spoken with tongue very firmly in cheek, but
> still ducking
> as the rocks, tomatoes, and rotten potatoes fly from all theological
> directions!)
> Wayne

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