Synonyms (???) in John

From: D. Anthony Storm (
Date: Wed Feb 12 1997 - 14:25:08 EST

I rarely come out of lurking since I am no scholar, but here goes:

So much discussion has been made as to whether AGAPAW and PHILEW possess
distinct meanings or are synonymous in John. One argument for
differentiation has been their close proximity.

However, what about the close proximity of "sheep" (PROBATA, APNIA) and
"tending sheep" (POIMAINE, BOSKE)? If we choose to see a fine difference
between types of love, are we not compelled to distinguish between types of
sheep and ways of tending them?

Aren't stylistic considerations a better explanation? Any thoughts?

D. Anthony Storm

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