Posted by Pastoral Musings on May 10th, 2011
Note the passage in the KJV:
“For the woman which hath a husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of the husband. ” (Romans 7:2)
Now note it as it is found in the UBS:
“ἡ γὰρ ὕπανδρος γυνὴ τῷ ζῶντι ἀνδρὶ δέδεται νόμῳ· ἐὰν δὲ ἀποθάνῃ ὁ ἀνήρ, κατήργηται ἀπὸ τοῦ νόμου τοῦ ἀνδρός. ” (Romans 7:2)
ὕπανδρος is a compound word that is literally “under husband.” Now the question is this: Is the woman under the husband as under the law? Does this speak anything to the issue of male headship in the home? Does it only speak to the issue of the binding nature of marriage? Does it speak according to the laws and customs of the time only?
I’m not so much worried about egalitarianism vs. complementarianism as I am the Greek and the meaning of ὕπανδρος in this context.
Anyone wish to take this one on?