From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Mon Feb 22 1999 - 08:57:45 EST

<x-rich>At 11:04 PM -0600 2/21/99, David A Bielby I wrote:

>I've found two separate meanings for Elegkei as I've been studying

>16:8 and related occurances of this word in the NT. I've noticed

>some translations vary on the meaning that is used in some of the

>occurances in the NT. (NAS using reprove where others use a softer

>word). What's the criteria for leaning one way or the other on this

>word? Is there any help on this from Classical Roots you are aware

Louw & Nida offer, as the only NT usage:

33.417 ELEGCW; ELEGXIS, EWS <underline>f;</underline> ELEGMOS, -OU m:
to state that someone has done wrong, with the implication that there
is adequate proof of such wrongdoing - 'to rebuke, to reproach, rebuke,

Classical Attic uses the term not only in the above sense, but also of
testing, cross-examining for the purpose of determining whether or not
someone or something is what he/she/it is claimed to be; there is often
an overtone of refutation--a notion that the person or thing being
tested doesn't match what is asserted of it, wherefore ELEGCW can mean
"disprove," "refute," or "show to be false/inauthentic."

Carl W. Conrad

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