Re: Philadelphia vs agape

From: Jim West (
Date: Tue Aug 12 1997 - 14:01:52 EDT

At 09:33 AM 8/12/97 -0700, you wrote:
>Is there a significant exegetical difference between these two uses of for
>love, as in 1 Thess 4:9-12?

Generally agape is taken as a description of God-like love which is self
sacrificing and disinterested in reward or return; whereas philadelphia is
used to describe the love which Christians ought to have for one another.
I would say that when these words are used the exegete should be very
careful to extract the full significance of their use; and should also
attempt to convey to the modern reader or hearer the theological import of
the term.



Jim West, ThD
Adjunct Professor of Bible, Quartz Hill School of Theology

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