Wonderment, thank you for your input.
That´s a bold assertion. Can you provide any evidence that En archē ēn ho Lógos can only mean grammatically that the Logos was eternal?
No I can't, you have me dead to rights there. I used to love to debate, but I don't do that anymore. Given my piss-poor teaching ability you make a good argument. You are incorrect nonetheless, but the fault is mine for using a transliteration of Greek, I though it would make it easier to understand, but I shot myself in the foot instead.
I had a teacher that would have penalized me for doing so, I know better then this, but I am lazy and as I said a piss-poor teacher.
So here it is Wonderment in Greek, much clearer (I hope) as the first words don't look similar in this form:
The key part is this: ΕΝ ΑΡΧΗ ΗΝ This simple phrase in Greek means that whatever object follows this is before time, in other words it has no origin, no beginning.
So the Logos or the Word has no beginning, he is not the created, he IS in fact the creator of all things created, but not part of the creation itself. That makes the JW's dead wrong according to the very scriptures they say they believe in.
It took me about seven years to get to this level of understanding, but I have no degree related to this field, I don't teach and I don't pretend to be a teacher of ἡ κοινὴ διάλεκτος, that is to say common or Koine Greek, the type of Greek the Bible is written in.
I'm not even really typing these Greek characters you are reading, I have no ability with the fonts I have installed, I'm cutting and pasting from crap off the internet but to my eye it looks correct as far as I can tell, so I don't think I'm leading you down the wrong path character wise.
The bottom line is this: The common Greek of the bible is very precise, a big pain in the ass to learn, but very precise and it says in no uncertain terms that the Word was existing before even time began, eternal, no origin, no beginning, no starting point, always was, just the same as the Father. Get It? This Word fellow is just as old as the Jehovah fellow and both of them are older then dirt!
I'm not making a statement of faith, I'm not telling you to believe the Bible, that's on you and whatever your beliefs are or lack of belief may be. Belief in a supreme being or the Bible is not necessary, what I'm talking about is linguist science, and science is science, no faith necessary.
I can't explain it any better then that, as I said I'm not an expert in this field, but I gave it a shot, and the Greek is the Greek, and of that I'm sure of.