Someone explained this verse thusly...putting it simply, "believed" results (directly or indirectly) in "appointed". "
I objected saying, " 'Believed' is not the cause of someone being appointed; it is a quality (or status) obtained by those described as "appointed." Those people who had been appointed believed."
Is this person correct in his analysis?
Alan Patterson wrote:Note the Middle Voice here:
και ἐπιστευσαν ὁσοι ἡσαν τεταγμενοι εἰσζην αἰωνιον
There are better English words and phrases to capture the sense of ἡσαν τεταγμενοι than appointed. One wooden translation is: They put/arranged/positioned themselves into an orderly formation. This I believe captures the initial sense of ἡσαν τεταγμενοι. Those who positioned themselves, with reference to eternal life, believed. But, theology precedes translation and interpretation, so the debate will continue on another 2,000 years.
Stephen Carlson wrote:Well, I can't tell just by looking at it whether ἡσαν τεταγμενοι is a passive or middle. The middle-passive form means that the subject was affected (i.e. was the patient or theme of this verb) but it does not say anything about the agent. Here again, I fear the temptation is too great to go beyond the Greek and read one's theology into the text.
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