Iver Larsen wrote:It cannot mean "in the scroll of Elijah" like "in the scroll of Hoseah" partly because there is no article, partly because there is no book entitled Elijah. If it were to be "in the passage of Elijah" I would have expected a definite article at least.
Evan Blackmore wrote:Yes, I agree that caution is wise, but we do seem to be uncovering more and more apparent examples of the disputed phenomenon. The passage cited by BDAG from Justin is particularly striking. The standard commentaries (Sanday & Headlam, ICC, pp. 310-11; Cranfield, ICC, vol. 2 pp. 545-46; Billerbeck vol. 3 p. 288) list lots of others, including examples from Philo and from ancient citations of Homer (e.g. εν νεκυια--cf. my "in the catalog of ships" above). They also point out that the same usage is common in Hebrew in the Rabbinic literature. There's even an instance in the Song of Songs Midrash 1:6 (88a) where "in Elijah" (bʾlyhw) introduces a reference to the very passage cited by Paul here.
ודכוותיה כתיב באליהו שנאמר (מלכים א יט) ויאמר קנא קנאתי לה' אלהי ישראל כי עזבו בריתך בני ישראל
φησὶ γοῦν καὶ ἐν τῷ Ἰούδᾳ· Οὐκ ἐκλείψει ἄρχων ἐξ Ἰούδα καὶ ἡγούμενος ἐκ τῶν μηρῶν αὐτοῦ, ἕως ἂν ἔλθῃ ᾧ ἀπόκειται· καὶ αὐτὸς ἔσται προσδοκία ἐθνῶν
David Lim wrote:Interesting. Do you mind posting those two instances from Justin and the Song of Songs Midrash? I don't know where to get them. Thanks!
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