GTM wrote:1 John 2:13
γραφω υμιν πατερες οτι εγνωκατε τον απ αρχης γραφω υμιν νεανισκοι οτι νενικηκατε τον πονηρον εγραψα υμιν παιδια οτι εγνωκατε τον πατερα
The article "τον" seems as if it could function in two different ways.
First: It seems to function to establish a substantive
Second: It appears as if it also functions as a pointer.(anaphoric)
Here is the question, "Is it possible for that the article functions as both in this verse"? (1 John 2:13)
If so the anaphor would seem to be speaking of 1 John 1:1
ο ην απ αρχης ο ακηκοαμεν ο εωρακαμεν τοις οφθαλμοις ημων ο εθεασαμεθα και αι χειρες ημων εψηλαφησαν περι του λογου της ζωης
Am I understanding this correctly?
I think it's referring here to a person rather than to a concept, which is the justification for the masculine.
GTM wrote:Could we understand this as a personification of the Logos?
Why not? I think the audience was intended to know who was meant. It might be a reference to "God" in general -- the eternal one, him who is from the beginning.
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