Christian Words by Nigel Turner

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.

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