Date: Mon Sep 13 1999 - 17:50:08 EDT
Both "Little Kittel" (page 322) and Louw & Nida (page 140) treat QEOTHS and QEIOTHS
as nearly synonymous in meaning. For both, Louw & Nida give "the nature or state of
being God - 'deity, divine nature, divine being,'" and for both, "Little Kittel"
gives "divinity." Did you perhaps mean QEIOS, which is the word at Acts 17:29, not
It might be interesting also to know the context or range of meaning QEOTHS is given
in the other Greek contemporaneous literature.
Memra Institute for Biblical Research
Tony Costa wrote:
> Dear Friends,
> In Col 2:9 the word QEOTHS is used, and is usually translated "Deity" or
> "Godhead". Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon defines it as "Godhead, the state
> of being God". I believe this word only appears in this text in all the GNT.
> Thayer comments that this word is different than QEIOTHS (Acts 17:29; Rom
> 1:20) which is usually translated as "Divinity". Does anyone know where in
> other Greek literature contemporaneous or prior to the writing of Colossians
> this word is used outside the GNT? Many thanks.
> Tony Costa, B.A.
> Univ. of Toronto
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