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Mounce on Immediately in Galatians 1:16

This week’s Monday with Mounce looks at the word “immediately / εὐθέως” in Galatians 1:16. He argues that it can mean the same as εὐθύς; it doesn’t just mean immediately in the urgent sense but in the “sense of the next thing that was done.” As a consequence he believes the NLT rendering to be most accurate: “When this happened, I did not rush out to consult with any human being.”

This approach seems reasonable as he lists a number of other passages where this meaning would make sense. One aspect of semantic range that I haven’t seen commented on with regard to koine Greek is how location changes meaning. Perhaps we simply don’t have enough extant literature to come to any conclusions in this regard but it is certainly worth consideration. For example, in some locations (especially big cities) people are more time conscious and immediately means now! In other places time is more elastic and immediately could mean anything from an hour to a week. I guess the same applies to cable installers.

One other comment on his article in relation to “perishable.” I not sure I agree with his comment that pigs die rather than perish. Food perishes and pigs are valuable food. How many times have your heard food banks, etc. making an appeal for donations of non-perishable food?

Bill Mounce on Galatians 2:20

In Monday with Mounce he looks at Galatians 2:20 and asks in what sense do I still live? How should we translate Χριστῷ συνεσταυραύρωμαι?

Head on over to see what he has to say and most importantly ask yourself his conclusion: “So the question is, how different is your life? Is it characterized by death to self and a life of faith and love? Or, if the truth be known, is there little difference?”

You might also want to see
Scot McKnight, “The Ego and ‘I’: Galatians 2:19 in New Perspective.” Word & World. 20:3 (2000): 272-280.