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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 claim new issues, yet a special dialect. In Christian phrases he turns to lexicography and argues that the Christian move generated its personal particular vocabulary and he discusses its utilization and content material. this isn't a chilly dissecting of an historic language, nor a tutorial workout. it's a non secular quest for which means, grounded upon a first-hand examine of either Jewish and secular authors of the Hellenistic and Roman classes, in addition to early Christian literature.

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1 Clem inscr. 2 3 2 6 0 6 2 ; cf. Hermas Sim. 4. C. H. Dodd, The Bible and the Greeks, Hodder 1935, p. 19. Callimachus, Hymnus in Delum (Loeb 152) iii BC. Also in the apostolic Fathers: 2 Clem 16 ; Did l 15 . V 17 (giving alms to a bad man) iii A D . N . Turner, Grammatical Insights, T. & T. Clark 1965, p. 57. Mt 5 2 3 ' ; Lk l l l ; Ro l l ; 1 Co 9 1 0 ; Heb 7 ; Jas 2 . 'Deckwort fur Gott ist,' says F. Hauck in Kittel TWNT III, p. 805. N o t even in De Specialibus Legibusl 221, a passage sometimes cited.

Complement their wealth by interceding for the rich' ( H e r m a s Sim. II 8). It is to fulfil: 'The Lord will not desert you but will fulfill the petition of your soul' (Mand. IX 2). For St. Ignatius it means to convince the disobedient that there is one God (I Magn 8 ) . 21 5 11 4 1 135 1 7 2 A T O N E M E N T (AV. 65 Hilasmos is a controversial word. If we were to give much weight to secular influence in Christian vocabulary, we would say that it means, 'a way of propitiating the deity'. A glance at the L X X presents us with second thoughts.

St. Paul was charged with raising apostasy among the Jews, inducing them to forsake Moses (Act 2 1 ) . H e himself taught that before the Lord's Coming there would be an apostasy in con­ junction with the manifestation of an evil personage, the M a n of Sin ( 2 T h 2 ). W h a t was the nature of the apostasy? W a s it a falling away of Jews, or of Christians, from their faith? St. Justin suggests that a ' M a n of the apostasy' shall perpetrate 'lawless' deeds on earth against us Christians, which indicates that for him the apostasy is not Christian but probably Jewish (Dial.

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