Lectionary Year B
March 5, 2000
2Corinthians 4:3-6

Initial Acquaintance/Rough Translation

(v, 3) "And if the gospel of us is also hidden, it is hidden among those who are perishing, (v. 4) among whom the god of this world blinded the thought processes of the unbelieving ones toward the not to let shine forth the radiance of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (v. 5) For we are not preaching ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, but ourselves as slaves of you on account of Jesus, (v. 6) because God is the One who says: "the light will illuminate out of darkness," who brought illumination among our hearts toward the radiance of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."

(DR) This is a short pericope -The Issue here is the relationship between the darkness and light. - Jesus is the light, he shows us the truth.

(JA) The vision of the world is cosmic ‘aeon' -

(JA) The preposition ‘phos' the brightness of the illumination: relation of genitives, it might have doxological or liturgical element. - Order: Jesus Christ or Christ Jesus - there is a preference for the second title.

(FS) The different versions are of some interest here.

The precise nature of slavery is important here: in it's essence, it's somebody without freedom. There are, however, 4 different terms used for such a condition. This passage is rich in servant language.

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