I wonder why the Society have not made use of this before. Guess they just did not know about it, much like how Penton commented in Apocalypse Delayed on the fact that Watchtower writers seem unaware that Origen supports their view of Jesus as a "second god."
I am not suprised at all that the WTBTS seems unaware of that kind of iunformation. The folks who write for them are scholars of Watchtower literature and nothing else. that is why we probably will not see any meaningful innovation out of them.
Reply: Penton usually assumes a lot for the Society. Penton should probably be aware that Origen's "second God" in toto, is not what the WT means when they call Jesus "a god", Penton is arguing for translation though, so some good use of Origen could be made, but that does not eman they are unaware. Same with Justin Martyr as he was also pointed out in Pentons Apocalypse Delayed (pg. 174, 2nd edition '97) and he also feels the Society is apparently too ignorant of Justin to use. The Society has indeed recognized that Justin teaches that Jesus "is other than the God that created all things" (SYBTB) and also that Justin acknlowedges Jesus as "God":
"Since the Son was born from God, Justin does use the expression "God" in connection with the Son. He states in his First Apology: "The Father of the universe has a Son; who also, being the first-begotten Word of God, is even God" (WT 4/1 92)
. So the fact he classifies the Society as "unaware" is most puzzling and probably little more than the typical jab that people like to make against the WT. As far as the Coptic translations used by some WT aplogists (John 1:1, Rev 3:14), they are not the most convincing arguements to the average Joe, the Wt will do better exegeting the NT which is going to be more convincing anyhow to the average bible study JWs come in contact with.