From: Cindy Smith (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Sep 04 1998 - 19:51:32 EDT
Acts 14:12 EKALOUN TE TON BARNABAN DIA, TON DE PAULON hERMHN, EPEIDH
AUTOS HN hO HGOUMENOS TOU LOGOU.
What is the relationship between Zeus and Theos in Greek? Both mean
"god," do they not? I don't have a Greek dictionary with me, but is
it possible that Zeus and Theos are the same word in different
dialects, i.e., different pronunciations of the same word?
Paul is called Hermes because he is the "chief speaker," according to
the NRSV translation. However, this could be, "leader of the word."
Hermes comes from a root meaning of either "speaker" or "translator"
or "interpreter," I think. Am I correct? Paul is called Hermes
perhaps because, as a Roman citizen and a Pharisee, he spoke Latin,
Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic. Hence, they could be saying, "They called
him Translator because he was the chief translator." I have no doubt
the meaning here is the Greek god Hermes, I just think there's a play
on words going on here. Luke, who is author of both the Gospel and
Acts, uses the word logos in ways that seem to point to the divine
Logos, though I could be mistaken. Examples:
Luke 4:32 hOTI EN EXOUSIA HN hO LOGOS AUTOU
because in authority was his word
Luke 4:36 TIS hO LOGOS hOUTOS
Luke 5:15 DIHRXETO DE MALLON hO LOGOS PERI AUTOU
but more than ever went about the word about him
Luke 7:17 KAI EXSHLQEN hO LOGOS OUTOS hOLH TH IOUDAIA PERI
and this word spread into Judaea about him
Luke 8:11 hO SPOROS ESTIN hO LOGOS TOU THEOU
the seed is the word of God
In 8:11, does Luke mean "word of God" to mean "scripture" or the divine
Logos? In the same way, "leader of the word" in Acts 14:12 could refer to
the divine Logos.
Again, at the least, there may be a play on words (no pun intended in
What do you think?
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