Re: Gal 4:27 SPEIRA

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Sat May 20 2000 - 08:53:59 EDT

At 8:45 AM -0400 5/20/00, Richard B. Cook wrote:
>Re Gal. 4:27 Why do the translators "SPEIRA" as "barren" when it seems to
>mean the opposite?
>Thanks for any comments.

You've misread a Tau for a Pi: the word is STEIRA; the original root is
STER; older STEREOS, later STEIROS,STEIRA/STEIRON: hard, stiff, barren.
Various English derivatives for "solid" come from this root STER- or


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

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