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two greek words

Discussion in 'General Theology' started by cyberlizard, Apr 7, 2010.

  1. cyberlizard

    cyberlizard the electric lizard returns

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    do the words akathartos and koinos mean the same thing?


    Steve
     
  2. LittleLambofJesus

    LittleLambofJesus Member since March 7 2006

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    Why not show us some verses they are used in and tell us your view of those words.....I also noticed you have a thread on 2 Hebrew words.

    http://www.christianforums.com/t7456215/

    Not sure if the GT board is the appropriate place for this though. This would seem to be a better board to put it on:

    http://www.christianforums.com/f804/
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  3. Mr Dave

    Mr Dave God Save The Queen!

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    Inital response is no, although there is a however...

    Akathartos is the opposite of kathartos (a-katharotes), a word meaning cleanliness/purity (in a Levitical sense). Akathartos thus relates to things which are ceremonially impure/unclean or morally impure/unclean (impure thoughts etc).

    Koinos means common, and refers to things that are common/ordinary to a large number of people (Koine Greek being the common language).
    The 'however', there are some instances where contextually the two do have a similar meaning (i.e Mark 7:2, the disciples ate with 'koinos' hands. They had not been washed, so were common and ordinary (as was the case with the general population most of the time), but contextually also fit the definition of 'akathartos' as they were considered unclean by Levitical Law).


    The two do have different meanings, and usually refer to different things, but there are occasions when the difference in meaning becomes blurred by context.
     
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  4. Timothew

    Timothew Τιμοθέῳ γνησίῳ τέκνῳ ἐν πίστει

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    Jude, verse 3

    Jude wanted to write a letter about the salvation they held in common κοινῆς (koines) but then wrote about other matters. Koines doesn't have the negative feel in this verse. Salvation is a good thing.

    Tim
     
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  5. LittleLambofJesus

    LittleLambofJesus Member since March 7 2006

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    Is there anyway someone can look up where those greek words are used in the LXX OT? :wave:

    169. akathartos ak-ath'-ar-tos from 1 (as a negative particle) and a presumed derivative of 2508 (meaning cleansed); impure (ceremonially, morally (lewd) or specially, (demonic)):--foul, unclean.
    2508. kathairo kath-ah'-ee-ro from 2513; to cleanse, i.e. (specially) to prune; figuratively, to expiate:--purge.
    2513. katharos kath-ar-os' of uncertain affinity; clean (literally or figuratively):--clean, clear, pure.

    2839. koinos koy-nos' probably from 4862; common, i.e. (literally) shared by all or several, or (ceremonially) profane:--common, defiled, unclean, unholy.
     
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    Greek (ελληνικά, or ελληνική γλώσσα), an independent branch of the Indo-European family of languages, is the language of the Greeks. Native to the southern Balkans, it has the longest documented history of any Indo-European language, spanning 34 centuries of written records. Its writing system has been the Greek alphabet for the majority of its history; other systems, such as Linear B and the Cypriot syllabary, were previously used. The alphabet arose from the Phoenician script, and was in turn the basis of the Latin, Cyrillic, Coptic, and many other writing systems.

    The Greek language holds an important place in the histories of Europe, the more loosely defined "Western" world, and Christianity; the canon of ancient Greek literature includes works of monumental importance and influence for the future Western canon, such as the epic poems Iliad and Odyssey. Greek was also the language in which many of the foundational texts of Western philosophy, such as the Platonic dialogues and the works of Aristotle, were composed; The New Testament of the Christian Bible was written in Koiné Greek and the liturgy continues to be celebrated in the language in various Christian denominations (particularly the Eastern Orthodox and the Greek Rite of the Catholic Church). Together with the Latin texts and traditions of the Roman world (which was profoundly influenced by ancient Greek society), the study of the Greek texts and society of antiquity constitutes the discipline of Classics.

    Greek was a widely spoken lingua franca in the Mediterranean world and beyond during Classical Antiquity, and would eventually become the official parlance of the Byzantine Empire. In its modern form, it is the official language of Greece and Cyprus and one of the 23 official languages of the European Union. The language is spoken by approximately 13 million people today in Greece, Cyprus, and diaspora communities in numerous parts of the world. Many modern languages, such as English, have adopted words from Greek. English has over 50,000 words in its lexicon which are derived from the Greek language, especially in the sciences and medicine. As with Latin, Greek is used in the process of new word production in modern languages.



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  7. LittleLambofJesus

    LittleLambofJesus Member since March 7 2006

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  8. from scratch

    from scratch Guest

    Well spoken.
     
  9. from scratch

    from scratch Guest

    The only way I know of is to look up the common words that are usually listed as translated as. Makes life hard. I wish I knew of a revrese lexicon. I am not sure but I think there are bible programs for puter that do such.
     
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