[b-greek] Re: AGAPAW, FILEW

From: Carl W. Conrad (cwconrad@artsci.wustl.edu)
Date: Wed Oct 17 2001 - 15:06:37 EDT

At 6:42 PM +0000 10/17/01, Mark Wilson wrote:
>Antonius, in the funeral discourse addressed the Roman
>people over the body of Caesar in this way:
>- Trench, Synonyms of the NT, pg. 42, citing Dion Cassius, xliv, 48).
>I have always found Trench's study on these two words most informative
>where in this quote, the author uses FILEW toward the father
>and AGAPAW toward a benefactor.
>As noted by Trench, AGAPAN TON QEON is commanded of believers, but
>never do you find FILEIN TON QEON. For FILEW involves the natural
>affections and passion; while AGAPAW is a reasoned attachment, from
>a sense of due respect. One can not command affection/passion.

1 Cor 16:22 EI TIS OU FILEI TON KURION, HTW ANAQEMA. Perhaps it is Christ,
not God the Father, whom one is here "admonished" to feel FILIA for. But
with HTW ANAQEMA, this sentence comes pretty close (if it does not, in
fact, reach it) to COMMANDING affection/passion.


Carl W. Conrad
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