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Good post.

It appears however that 'aman' in the Hiphil stem followed by an object preceded by the preposition 'b' can, at times, indicate more than simple credence in someone's words. It appears that, at times, it can in fact indicate a faith commitment or trust in its object. While I would agree that Abraham's belief in Gen 15:6 is in God's promise in verse 5, the fact of the matter is that the same faith was credited to Abraham as righteousness. Further, it cannot be disputed that Paul held up Abraham's Gen 15:6 faith as the paradigm of salvific faith.

It can also be pointed out that 'aman in the Hiphil followed by an object prefixed with the inseparable preposition 'l' (lamed) is very often used to express credence/belief in someone's report/words. Perhaps more so than the first collocation ('aman with b).

Bruce Demarest (Denver Seminary), in his book 'The Cross and Salvation,' did an excellent similar study on the Greek word pisteuw. He showed how pisteuw with an object in the dative case often indicated no more than just credence in someone's words. However when pisteuw took its object in a prepositional phrase beginning with 'en' but especially with 'epi,' it almost always indicated a faith commitment in the object. The former was usually intellectual faith; the latter conversion faith.

One other thing: In the Gospels, Jesus contrasted the men of Nineveh with the religious leaders of his day. The latter failed to recognize who Jesus was despite the great miracle of exorcism he performed on the man who was both mute and blind. By contrast, the former did respond with repentance at the preaching of Jonah. Moreover, in Jesus' words, the Ninevites will stand up at the judgment and will actually condemn the generation that failed to respond in faith to Jesus' person, his works, and his words. If the Ninevites did not actually exercise conversion faith, this will be small comfort and consolation for them, to be sure.

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