Genetivus mysticus

After reading about the debates on whether the genitive case in pistis Iesou Christou modifies the object as in ‘faith in Jesus Christ’ or the subject as in ‘faith[fulness] of Jesus Christ’, it is mystifying to read that Barth described this case, more than seven decades ago, as mystical: “think of the so-called genetivus mysticus pistis Iesou Christou.” (I/1, 228)

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