RE: John 1:1 EN ARQH

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Wed Mar 18 1998 - 06:52:43 EST

At 2:06 AM -0600 3/18/98, Peter Phillips wrote:
>I am getting a little exasperated by all these posts on ARXHI in John 1.
>I am at a loss as to why geographical terms are being incorporated into
>this word's semantic domain. Why are we using 'boundary-less', 'open
>vastess' and all such signifiers.<

I'm also fascinated by the broad range of transliteration-schemes for this
little Greek word meaning variously, "beginning," "primacy,"
"principality," "empire," KTL. I'm inclined to think that's been more
illuminating than the thread itself. I find myself wondering whether to
pronounce this word "are-they,"arks-hay," "archay," and I'm still waiting
for the definitive pronunciation. ;-)

Carl W. Conrad
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