By Nigel Turner
Nigel Turner has formerly argued at the foundation of syntax and magnificence that biblical Greek is not only vernacular Greek used to assert new issues, yet a special dialect. In Christian phrases he turns to lexicography and argues that the Christian stream generated its personal specified vocabulary and he discusses its utilization and content material. this isn't a chilly dissecting of an historic language, nor an educational workout. it's a non secular quest for that means, grounded upon a first-hand research of either Jewish and secular authors of the Hellenistic and Roman classes, in addition to early Christian literature.
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87 88 1 36 16 7 26 89 90 36 91 92 93 94 2. So^ou Reference should be made to the article, 'Glory', where it is shown that 'splendour' is a new meaning of doxa within Christian Greek. Moreover, when the plural doxai occurs (2 Pet 2 ; Jude 8) there would seem to be a further new meaning - 'angels', or other 10 17 ANGEL supernatural powers. An exception must be the plural of doxa in 1 Pet l , where 'splendours' is meant - the splendours which follow the sufferings of Christ. Evidently there were primitive heretics who blasphemed against angels.
101 102 103 APOLLYON See 'Destroyer'. APOSTASY anoaxaioia: dcpiaxyjfxi The words apostasia, the noun, and aphistemi, the verb, have gained a religious meaning. Secular Greek. Apostasia had been a political revolt or defection - a late form of apostasia. In Plutarch, apostasia was a revolt from Nero, and in Josephus a revolt from R o m e . Christian Greek. Here apostasia is always religious apostasy. T h e L X X had prepared the way by associating apostasia with the Hebrew words meaning rebellion against God and transgression 104 20 APOSTASY/APOSTASY (A CENTRE OF) 9 from His ways, such as ma al, the 'transgression' of Ahaz and the 'trespass' of Manasseh, and meredh which was Israel's 'defection' from God (Josh 2 2 ; 3 Km 20 ( 2 1 ) A ; 2 C h r 2 9 3 3 A ) .
Then Paul is known as an apostle and apparently he himself includes also Andronicus and Junia, 'of note among the apostles' (an ambiguous phrase, R o 16 ). 124 125 6 2 e 14 13 126 127 128 129 130 2 131 7 24 APOSTLE/ASSURANCE 14 Barnabas too is apostolos (Act 14 ), and so a r e Silas and Timothy (1 Thes 2 ) and t h e Lord's brother (Gal l ) . Moreover, St. Paul distinguishes between t h e Twelve and 'all the apostles' (1 Co 1 5 ) . Primarily, t h e apostles' function was to witness to Christ's resurrection (Act l ) , b u t in the wider sense they were missionaries to t h e Jews and to t h e heathen.