Re: Phusei, Phusik-, Phusis
Ah, Gregory, a MAJOR problem with your treatment is that you seem to want
to find ONE meaning of physis (and derivatives) throughout the NT, the
very sort of problem that Barr et alia have devastatingly criticized
Kittel's TDNT authors for exibiting. This is a variant on the
etymological fallacy well identified in modern semantics study in
linguistics. Words acquire their meaning with any precision ONLY in
sentences, and in many cases, the samantic fields are complex and varied.
Hays is thus correct to take each case as it comes. Believe me, physis is
a particular case of the need for careful example-by-example flexibility
in the semantics game.
Larry Hurtado, Religion, Univ. of Manitoba