From: James H. Vellenga (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Aug 13 1997 - 08:18:19 EDT
Let me put in my two cents' worth.
LOGIKOS need not mean only "spiritual" or "rational". It is
related, of course, to LOGOS, which denotes a "statement" or
"declaration," or sometimes something even more formal such
as a "speech" or an "accounting." In the NT, even before John's
gospel, it seemed often (but certainly not always) to have
a special reference to the Good News (whatever it was that
the movement was preaching) as a "declaration of truth" (cf.
Eph. 1.13: TON LOGON TES ALHQEIAS). So sometimes LOGIKOS
can mean "declarative" or "of [the] declaration."
(One can also check the LSJ entries for LOGIKOS. From the
web I get, among others, "of speech," "of or in eloquence,"
or "suited for prose.")
Hence, Romans 12.1: THN LOGIKHN LATREIAN hUMWN: "your declarative
priestly service" or "your priestly service of The Declaration"
1 Pet 2.2: TO LOGIKON ADOLON GALA EPIPOQHSATE: "long for the
declarative pure milk" or "long for the pure milk of The
Having read Ben Crick's latest after starting this note, I'm
not sure "metonymy" (of GALA for LOGOS) is quite the right
designation for the figure of speech, but I think it's on
the right track. Peter probably _is_ using GALA to represent
The Declaration, and is using the adjectival form to make
My impression is that The Declaration (hO LOGOS) is used as a
synonym for The Good News in the letters of both Peter and Paul.
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