Bible Greek (3): The Article

The smallest words in a language often do some heavy lifting. This is certainly true for the Greek (definite) article, which corresponds to the English "the". The article takes many different forms, depending on the gender, number, and case of the noun phrase to which it belongs. Each of these forms starts in t- or…

Bible Greek (2): the Kingdom of God

βασιλεύς (basileus) = kingβασιλεία (basileia) = kingdom Basileus = King The Greek word βασιλεύς is found in English derivatives such as basil ("royal herb") and basilic ("royal building"). The feminine form, βασίλισσα (basilissa, "queen") occurs four times in the New Testament. In the Old Testament culture, it was almost a given that a city state…

Bible Greek (1): Lord and God

The Greek New Testament uses the following words to describe God. θεός (theos) = Godκύριος (kyrios) = Lord THEOS - GOD The first of these words is the general word for a deity. In English, it is found back in technical terms such as theology and theistic. Based on the number of gods you worship,…