This Monday (tomorrow) is the beginning of the fall quarter at school. I am so glad to be going back. I love learning!… however, this quarter I decided in order to keep up my language skills, I am auditing Greek. Ironically, last Tuesday a class started at church in our CALL (Christian Academy for Life-Long Learners) that referred to many Greek words affiliated with the indescribable “powers and principalities.” So I thought–what better than to look at this word for the word of the week! So with no further adieu…
It means power, dominion or authority over something. It is used multiple times in matthew referring to God’s power as it comes through Jesus Christ. Many times it just refers to “power over something” or control. The basic root is “exesti”… Break down the word even further and it is “ek” or “out of” and “eimi” or the “to be, being” in a state of power. It is privileged power…authority. Rulership.
God holds this power. And gives Jesus this same power to heal the sick and raise the dead. It almost sounds likes “existence.” Which is to say something living. The word gives me more strength in the Living God has authority and that Jesus has the authority to take care of it all. Kind of nice–when you think about it.
This class would be centered around understanding specific words in the Bible that may lose meaning or specific interpretations when translated to English. It is meant to give more insight to the Biblical text itself to the average reader.
Incorporated into class:
Journal to react to daily readings book. (would only require
Paper on one uniquely biblical word.
Only a few vocabulary word quizzes
Week 1) Biblical languages as a whole– This would include a basic review of the alphabet for each language (yes, in one week since we’re ONLY looking at the alphabet and its helpful for people to be able to recognize what a “alpha” is.) as well as a review of the languages used in the Bible (i.e. Hebrew based on 3-character roots & Greek based on conjugation and declination of nouns and verbs.)
Week 2) Start bi-weekly quizzes, this week on alphabets. Start looking at Genesis 1 & 2. Two words to study–“to create” and ” in the beginning.” Also include a view of the Hebrew word “ruach” or “breathe” and its significance in Genesis. Readings would include 1st weeks daily scriptures.
Week 3) John 1 “Logos” review and “tabernacled” in Greek. Review of the importance of these words theologically.
Week 4) Israel’s Language–review of specific words (no more than 8-10) that are part of the journey from Eden through the Exodus until the entrance into the promise land. Words such as “manna” and “b’rit” (covenant) and others.
Week 5) Words of the Gospels—reviewing Greek words that play out in the significance of the Gospel writers.
Week 6) “The Word of the Lord”–prophets and their words. Review of the major Israelite prophets, starting with Moses through Malachi.
Week 7) Paul’s Written Speech–Review of Paul’s use of greek words that play a significant part in his theology. Certain words such as sarx in Greek and others.
Week 8) Apocalyptic Review–review of terms such as “Son of Man” in Hebrew in Daniel/Ezra and review of Revelation.
Week 9) Foreign Language Fun–This would just be a review of people in the class and their understanding of ANY foreign language translation of the Bible. Possibly would consider a presentation where student reviews a specific words in a specific language, its interpretation from the original language (Greek/Hebrew) or reviews a specific translation’s version other than their native tongue (probably no English.)
Week 10) Review of everything & Final paper or exam. Mostly like exam, multiple choice (25), short essay (5-10) and one “long” essay (major response like a discussion on Logos in John or the “Son of Man” term…something that was discussed in major details.
As promised, I’m trying to switch it up the languages in my Sunday “Word of the Week”
This “word” in Greek has a plethora of meanings. Of course, its basic meaning can refer to an actual “word” or “element of speech.” However, in John 1:1-14, the term Logos has a much deeper meaning. John uses it to refer to what Strong’s accordance refers to as “The Divine Expression” or otherwise known as Christ. (Strong’e 3056-Electronic version)
Mostly recently, I read a book about Jewish expectations of the Messiah, and the importance of the word Logos in that context. A Rabbi indicated that “The Word” is a known concept in Judaism, referring to several Jewish texts and scriptures that connect the Hebrew equivalent devar to Logos represents Christ, the Messiah who is God. (return of the kosher pig , see my book reviews for book info.
Altogether, the term logos is filled with theological meaning as well as standardized meaning, giving it a unique character and value in any vocabulary. Plus, its a fun word to use if you need a unique name for a Christian group 😉
- John 1:1 Meaning and Translation (defendinghistoricfaith.wordpress.com)