Re: Fw: "In the beginning was the word" (Jn 1:1a)

From: Jay Adkins (
Date: Wed Feb 23 2000 - 06:00:25 EST

Wayne wrote:
>George ended:
>>Of course, the rub is that even in English the term "word" does not
>>signify a series of letters bounded by spaces on either side.
>>George, I'm having difficulty thinking of any natural usage of English,
other than in that subdialect of English called "theological language" (or
"church jargon") where "word" clearly means anything other a linguistic
unit, the smallest utterable portion of speech. Can you think of any
example sentences where English "word" would have any other meaning, and
post a few of them here?<<

How about the following?

"Now a word from our sponsors?"

"The word is out on him because he is such a jerk."

"That's the word, it will soon all come out in the open."

"Have you heard the word on the merger yet?"

Do these work?

I might also mention that there was a certain slang reference, popular a
few years back, where the term 'word' was used for the term 'truth.'
Although I must admit I have not heard it used that way recently.

After reading the various post on the topic, I am unconvinced there is a
better translation for LOGOS in John 1:1 than 'Word.' Every gloss has its
shortcomings. I would guess it is a matter of personal preference, just
like the debate on man or people for ANQRWPOS. Despite of what has been
said in regards to the fluent nature of language, I have as yet to meet a
person who did not understand both meanings of the English term man. While
Mr. Jefferson died a long time ago, most schools still teach the children
to read those documents, at least as far as I know. Carl does have a point
in not wanting to offend, but in that case, it seems like you are apt to
offend someone.

Sola Gratia,
Jay Adkins
Always Under Grace!

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