Date: Fri Mar 08 2002 - 20:06:19 EST
In a message dated 3/8/02 6:42:15 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
>I am searching for a correct translation of YUCH in 3John 1:2. Normal
>translations of YUCH in Johannine and other literature would be either
>‘life’ or ‘soul’, but both seem strange in the context. If translated
>by ‘soul’, SOU hH YUCH would be actually a synonym of the preceding SE,
>and then KAQWS would not fit in the sentence. The translation by ‘life’
>seems not logical either. Who has any suggestions?
>Or is it possible that John points to the total person of Gaius in PERI
>PANTWN, and that he hopes his body (SE) will be healthy, just as his soul
>(SOU hH YUCH) is getting along well?
The full verse is AGAPHTE, PERI PANTWN EUCOMAI SE EUODOUSQAI KAI hUGEAINEIN,
KAQWS EUODOUTAI SOU hH YUCH.
It seems to me (though I do not have Bauer or etc. at home to check) that
YUCH can be used for the inner life or spiritual life as over against the
physical life in body. When you look at the context, the writer has made it
clear that he thinks their inner life (or at least those he is complementing)
is going very well. They are "walking in the truth" and makes his heart glad.
He goes further and prays that their whole life will go well, inner and outer
(if you will). When you read the dictionaries on YUCH, you will find it used
in a vast array of idioms and can have a number of nuances.
Carlton L. Winbery
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