From: Steven Lo Vullo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Mar 19 2000 - 17:01:58 EST
I would also add to what Moon said by pointing out that in John 12:43 it is
said that Jesus' opponents HGAPHSAN ... THN DOXAN TWN ANQRWPWN MALLON HPER
THN DOXAN TOU QEOU ("loved the approval of men rather than the approval of
God"). This, clearly, cannot be construed as self-sacrificial or
self-denying love (it is the opposite). And remember, this usage comes from
the same author who penned 1 John 3:16. Context must be the determining
factor, as there is much overlap between the various words for "love."
----- Original Message -----
From: Moon-Ryul Jung <email@example.com>
To: Biblical Greek <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, March 19, 2000 9:28 AM
Subject: Re: A question from a novice!
> On 03/19/00, "Jim West <email@example.com>" wrote:
> > At 08:10 PM 3/19/00 +0000, you wrote:
> > >Hi,
> > >I have a question on the definition of AGAPH: What distinguishes this
> > >from other Greek words meaning love? From its usage in 1 John 3:16 and
> > >elsewhere, I have always connected this word with self-sacrifice or
> > >denial. However hardly any lexicons I have used seem to make this
> > >I correct in believing that AGAPH is self-denying love and this is what
> > >distinguishes it from other Greek words for love?
> > there are a variety of words in Greek that are translated "love" in
> > each with various shades of meaning.
> > eros = possessiveness, selfish love, sexual love.
> > philos = communal, brotherly love.
> > philanthropia = love of humanity.
> > storgh = love for ones immediate family; the love of parents for
> > and children for parents.
> > agaph = selfless love, self sacrificing love, self giving love which
> > requires no reciprocation.
> I cannot pinpoint to it, but I sort of remember that in LXX,
> AGAPAW is frequently used to express the love relationship
> between men and women, even the one that is quite selfish.
> If so, on what ground did you consider AGAPH as selfless love, self
> Moon R. Jung
> Associate Professor
> Sogang Univ, Seoul, Korea
> > best,
> > jim
> > ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> > Jim West, ThD
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