RE: Source for the semantic range of ...

From: Jefferson, Robert C. (
Date: Fri Aug 27 1999 - 07:38:13 EDT

My Greek prof always told me,
"a text with out a context is a pretext."


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        From: David McKay []
        Sent: Friday, August 27, 1999 5:12 AM
        To: Biblical Greek
        Subject: Re: Source for the semantic range of ...

        Hi all I am interested in a source for the semantic range of "misew"
#3404, that includes "love less". While I have a number of lexicons that
give this definition as well as "hate", none of them give a source. Thanks
for any help with this.
        in Christ -chris
        G'day Chris.
        This may be getting into hermeneutics too much, and may not be
strictly b-greek stuff. I hope it is acceptable, all the same though, O
moderators, because I think it is a very important topic, related to
studying biblical languages.
        In BibleWorks, I got this from the Friberg lexicon:
        1 hate, hostility of people for each other
        2 requiring single-minded devotion, prefer less, love less
        But, the word obviously means "hate" if you look up all the uses of
the word in the Septuagint and NT. But it is used by Jesus in a form of
exaggeration which he is fond of. I found Robert Stein's book "Interpreting
Puzzling Texts in the New Testament" very useful on this topic. It is
published by Baker and should be readily available.
        This exaggeration is not being untruthful, but a colourful way of
speaking. It is clear Jesus is not literally telling us to hate, but is
intending to show the intensity of devotion required.
        This is a situation where the lexicon has its uses, but so does
examining the context.
        David McKay <>

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