From: Carl W. Conrad (email@example.com)
Date: Sat Aug 25 2001 - 04:53:18 EDT
At 9:16 AM -0600 8/24/01, Nelson Morales wrote:
>Four nights ago I was talking with some fellows and one of them said that
>the real meaning or intention of the word APISTON in this pasage is about
>'an unfaithful wife' ( meaning an affair) rather than 'a wife that believeth
>not' (Authorized Version).
Text: TOIS DE LOIPOIS LEGW EGW OUC hO KURIOS: EI TIS ADELFOS GUNAIKA ECEI
APISTON KAI hAUTH SUNEUDOKEI OIKEIN MET' AUTOU, MH AFIETW AUTHN.
I'd say there's no question that APISTOS _can_ bear the sense "unfaithful"
in the sense of sexual infidelity (and there are some LXX instances where
it does seem to have that sense); nevertheless, the context here doesn't
seem to render the text nearly so intelligible with that understanding of
the word as it does if the word is understood to mean "unbelieving" =
"non-Christian." The deciding factor for Paul's advice that such a wife not
be divorced is the willingness (SUNEUDOKEI) of the woman in question to go
on living with her husband; if the woman is "unfaithful" in a sexual sense,
it would be more plausible that the deciding factor is the husbands
willingness to continue living with her.
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Emeritus)
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