Re: proskuneo

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Mon Jun 07 1999 - 09:11:31 EDT

At 9:43 PM -0500 6/6/99, Linda Gray wrote:
>Now, I'm not a scholar in Greek, so I'm goin to pick yall's brains for a
>while. Here is my question: Could not the word "proskuneo" which is
>commonly translated as "worship" also mean "obesiance"?

I think you might do best, if you really want to explore this question, to
look at the list archives from last June 24-27 under the subject-header,
"Semantic Range of PROSKUNEW" and read through that entire thread. I think
just about everything that could be said on the subject WAS said in that
thread, some things repeatedly.

And, much as I hate to do this, I would like to issue an admonition: some
may not realize that this matter is a volatile point of dispute between
believers of different persuasions, If you want to discuss it beyond what
was already hashed out last June, please show both sensitivity and
sensibility to differences of belief. This is a forum for elucidation of
lexical issues, but it is NOT a forum for heated attacks or heated defenses
of any personal or sectarian belief.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University
Summer: 1647 Grindstaff Road/Burnsville, NC 28714/(828) 675-4243

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