εἰς τὸ ὄνομα

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εἰς τὸ ὄνομα

Postby grogers » May 12th, 2013, 5:03 pm

I was informed by an aquaintance of mine that the expression εἰς τὸ ὄνομα was sometimes used in the first century on legal doccuments to signify the transfer of property, i.e into the posession of the new owner. I thought this interesting yet I have been unable to find any Greek documents of that period that offer any evidence of this. My questions is two-fold. Is there any credence to this claim and if so, can anyone direct me to any early documents where this expression is used in such a manor? Thank you for your help.
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Re: εἰς τὸ ὄνομα

Postby Stephen Carlson » May 18th, 2013, 6:57 am

The best place to look for this kind of information is Moulton & Milligan's vocabulary of the NT or even TDNT. Sometimes BDAG will cite parallels in the papyri or studies about them.
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Re: εἰς τὸ ὄνομα

Postby grogers » May 18th, 2013, 8:30 am

Thank you very much.
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Re: εἰς τὸ ὄνομα

Postby Alan Patterson » May 19th, 2013, 10:09 am

If I had to bet, I'd put my money on your acquaintance's proposition that it is used as an expression to denote new ownership. Please let us know how your research comes out.
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Re: εἰς τὸ ὄνομα

Postby Paul-Nitz » May 23rd, 2013, 10:04 am

"As early as iii/B.C., in a Libyan’s will, we meet with κατὰ πρόσωπόν τινος; and in mercantile language we constantly find the formula διὰ χειρός, used absolutely, it is true—e.g. MP 25 (iii/B.C.), “from hand to hand,” as contrasted with “through an intermediary.” We may refer to Heitmüller’s** proof that the kindred phrase εἰς τὸ ὄνομά τινος is good vernacular. The strong tendency to use compound prepositional phrases, which we have been illustrating already, would make it all the easier to develop these adaptations of familiar language. "

Moulton, J. H. (2006-). A Grammar of New Testament Greek, Volume 1: Prolegomena. (99–100). Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark.

**Im Namen Jesu 100 ff. So p. 63, for ἐν ὀνόματι ὅτι, Mk 9:41.
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Re: εἰς τὸ ὄνομα

Postby grogers » May 23rd, 2013, 5:26 pm

So we do have secular MSS evideence to suggest that these two terms have been used synonymously to signify the transfer of property. Have you been able to locate such a MSS? I would really like to see it for myself.
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Re: εἰς τὸ ὄνομα

Postby Miguel de Servet » June 23rd, 2013, 5:07 pm

Stephen Carlson wrote:The best place to look for this kind of information is Moulton & Milligan's vocabulary of the NT or even TDNT. Sometimes BDAG will cite parallels in the papyri or studies about them.

grogers wrote:So we do have secular MSS evideence to suggest that these two terms have been used synonymously to signify the transfer of property. Have you been able to locate such a MSS? I would really like to see it for myself.


Expanding Stephen Carlson's suggestion:

"(5) The phrase eis (to) onoma tinos is frequent in the papyri with reference to payments made "to the account of any one" ... (J.H. Moulton and George Milligan, Vocabulary of the Greek Testament, 1914, page 451)

"Through baptism eis to onoma tinos those who are baptized become the possession of and come under the dedicated protection of the one whose name they bear." (Bauer-Danker-Arndt-Gingrich, Greek-English Lexicon Of The New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, 2000 (?), page 713).

For the expression eis to onoma in Christian Baptism, you may want to take a look at my Journal, post What does it mean "to be baptized into the name of ..."?

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Re: εἰς τὸ ὄνομα

Postby grogers » July 1st, 2013, 7:37 pm

Thank you very much. This was helpful.
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