Koine and Biblical and Medieval Greek • Re: John 1:16

Did John the Baptist know his Euripides? χάρις γὰρ ἀντὶ χάριτος ἐλθέτω.

One possibility that occurred to me: we have received a favor in return for an act of grace (Jesus' gift of himself on the cross). But I find this too awkward. Similarly awkward is the "to replace" suggested above, though the giving of the law in the next verse does suggest it.

What I think most likely is that we have received a favor in return for the favor that Jesus found before God (ie., the second χάριτος hinting at the frequent LXX usage, ie.: Νωε δὲ εὗρεν χάριν ἐναντίον κυρίου τοῦ θεοῦ).

Statistics: Posted by jeidsath — Mon Jul 03, 2023 12:49 am

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