Date: Wed Jun 06 2001 - 22:25:28 EDT
Matthew R. Miller wrote;
>th xariti in Ephesians 2:8 is in the dative case (feminine singular). I
>understand the dative case to have the following main functions in koine
>Greek: 1) to indicate the indirect object of a verb 2) to indicate
>location in a circumscribed area, not moving into or out of 3)
>occasionally to indicate possession in place of the genetive. My
>questions are: have I overlooked any function, and what is the function in
>this verse? Thanks!
The full text is:
THi GAR CARITI ESTE SESWISMENOI DIA PISTEWS KAI TOUTO OUK EX hUMWN, QEOU TO
DWRON: OUK EX ERGWN, hINA MH TIS KAUCHSHTAI.
You have left out all the dative functions classed as instrumental. "by
grace" would seem to me to functional instrumentally.
Carlton L. Winbery
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