Again, the whole text of 1 Tim 2:13-15 (with accents):
1 Tim 2:13 Ἀδὰμ γὰρ πρῶτος ἐπλάσθη, εἶτα Εὕα. 14 καὶ Ἀδὰμ οὐκ ἠπατήθη, ἡ δὲ γυνὴ ἐξαπατηθεῖσα ἐν παραβάσει γέγονεν· 15 σωθήσεται δὲ διὰ τῆς τεκνογονίας, ἐὰν μείνωσιν ἐν πίστει καὶ ἀγάπῃ καὶ ἁγιασμῷ μετὰ σωφροσύνης.
While I well understand that some -- perhaps many -- would deem my solution to the problem of 1 Tim 2:15 a "counsel of despair", I would just simply obelize the verse, acknowledging that it is well enough attested in the MSS but indicating that it does not yield any wholly convincing sense. While the sentence can be parsed and diagrammed by a beginner in Biblical Greek, that's possible because the verse is just about the kind of verse a beginner in Biblical Greek might compose. Its grammar is flawed fatally, and its phraseology yields no really convincing connected meaning. The NET comment on this verse suggests 5 possible ways of reading this; I find it hard to agree with the commentator that any of them is more convincing than another. Alan Patterson now suggests yet another way of understanding the subject-less verb μείνωσιν, a solution that strikes me as not a whit more persuasive than the other suggestions. Should any reader seriously look to this verse for "nurture and admonition", my own response must be: καὶ γὰρ ἐὰν ἄδηλον σάλπιγξ φωνὴν δῷ, τίς παρασκευάσεται εἰς πόλεμον; (1 Cor 14:8).
οὔτοι ἀπ’ ἀρχῆς πάντα θεοὶ θνητοῖς ὑπέδειξαν,
ἀλλὰ χρόνῳ ζητέοντες ἐφευρίσκουσιν ἄμεινον. (Xenophanes, Fragment 16)
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)