[b-greek] Re: Galatians 2:1

From: Steven Lo Vullo (doulos@merr.com)
Date: Mon Nov 19 2001 - 22:25:48 EST


On Monday, November 19, 2001, at 01:12 AM, Iver Larsen wrote:

>> It makes good sense that Paul would use DIA + genitive rather than
>> META + accusative, since Paul is going to great pains in the context to
>> maintain his independence from the Jerusalem apostles. DIA + genitive
>> makes plain he was not in Jerusalem throughout the whole span of
>> fourteen years, whereas META + accusative would not necessarily
>> indicate
>> that he had not been there at some preceding point during the fourteen
>> years. In the case of 1.18, he can use META + accusative since he has
>> already made plain in v. 17 what he DIDN'T do.

> Well, Steven, I think you are reading more into a grammatical
> distinction
> that it can bear. According to Acts 11:30 Paul did visit Jerusalem
> within
> this fourteen year period. The visit he is talking about in Gal 2 is
> the one
> mentioned in Acts 15.

It's always possible that I have read too much into a grammatical
distinction. However, I think you should consider that it is also
possible you have allowed a chronological harmonization and
hermeneutical considerations to affect your judgment of a grammatical
distinction. :-)

Steven Lo Vullo
Madison, WI

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