Re: dynamic words

From: Carlton L. Winbery (
Date: Wed Mar 06 1996 - 08:09:28 EST

> I was wondering if I could solicit submittals of everyone's favorite
>Greek words which meet the criteria of having a notoriously context
>sensitive definition. As an example I will present my own weak example.
> The RSV translates the Greek word HNTHY(KS)HIS (I used 'KS' in place of
>xsi, not knowing which latin to use...) in 1st Timothy 2:1 as
>"intercessions" but it translates the same word in 1st Timothy 4:4 as
>"thanksgiving." Clearly "intercessions" is not equal to "thanksgiving."

A word that comes quickly to mind is hAIRHSIS vb. hAIREW. The noun can
refer to the taking captive of a city, the act of choosing, that which is
chosen, dissension caused by various choices, or to a group of people who
have made the same choice, i.e., a sect.

Carlton L. Winbery
Prof. Religion
LA College, Pineville, La

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