From: Wayne Leman (Wayne_Leman@SIL.ORG)
Date: Sat May 26 2001 - 13:45:48 EDT
----- Original Message -----
From: "Glenn Blank" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> >> --- "Matthew R. Miller" <email@example.com>
> >> wrote:
> >> > It is my understanding that the phrase "eis aphesin
> >> > twn hamartiwn" in Acts
> >> > 2:38 must be translated "unto the remission of your
> >> > sins"
> >From: "Wayne Leman" <Wayne_Leman@SIL.ORG>
> >Date: Fri, 25 May 2001 21:06:06 -0600
> >But what does that mean? I've heard it often since childhood, but it
> >make sense to me in my dialect of English. I'm happy not to have
> >since there is no hOTI, but it seems to me we need some other English
> >translation to understand the meaning of the Greek phrase.
> "for the remission of your sins" (as translated in the KJV, NKJV, NIV,
> and others) works for me -- as meaning "unto the end that your sins be
> remitted" Passages that establish a clear precedent for such a telic
> of EIS include Mark 1:38, John 18:37, and I John 3:8. Of course, these
> passages are of the construction [. . . EIS TI hINA <clause>] rather than
> [. . . EIS <noun phrase>] as we have in Acts 2:38. However, a number of
> other passages which are of the type [. . . EIS <NP>], such as Philippians
> 1:11, Romans 8:15, Romans 3:25, and John 4:14, also seem to carry a telic
> force -- either "for the purpose of" or "with the result of"
> glenn blank
> Pensacola, FL
Glenn, thanks much for responding. In my dialect of English, I don't
understand "unto the end that your sins be remitted" either, but I would
understand the following, which I'm guessing is related to your mention of
"so that your sins will be remitted/forgiven"
"with the result that your sins will be remitted/forgiven"
In your dialect of English, would either or both of these phrases be
equivalent to the meaning you understand from "unto the end that your sins
Ordinary English speaker,
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