[b-greek] Re: Ephesians 5:33

From: Carl W. Conrad (cwconrad@artsci.wustl.edu)
Date: Tue May 29 2001 - 09:21:00 EDT

At 7:57 AM -0700 5/29/01, dixonps@juno.com wrote:
>Eph 5:33 appears to summarize the exhortations of verses 22-32 with 33a
>summarizing verses 25-32 and 33b summarizing 22-24. This, coupled with
>the imperatival parallel AGAPATW, almost requires we take hINA QOBHTAI
>I prefer something like: let each husband so love his own wife, as he
>loves himself; but let the wife see to it that she revere her husband.
>The idea for the wife is that she is to revere (fear) her husband in the
>same way as the church fears or reverences the Lord (22-24).

I was thinking about how to respond to this question when Paul's response
came through; I don't disaagree with him on this; I would only add that
hINA + subjunctive is indeed parallel to the direct imperative in -ATW. As
for an implicit introductory verb, we already find in Hellenistic Greek
AFES OR AFIETE or the like (Modern Greek AS), but you could as easily
supply KELEUW ("I urge ..." or PARAKALW ("I exhort ...").

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics/Washington University
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