[B-Greek] METANOIW 2 Corinthians 7:9-10
dbielby at bloomingtonvineyard.org
Sun Feb 1 00:00:06 EST 2004
Matthew 4:17, Acts 26:20 and other references use METANOIAS or METANOIW
Would you agree that METANOIAS/W is a change of behavior as a result of a
complete change of heart and attitude? (Louw & Nida)
Or is METANOIAS/W simply a change of mind? (BDAG's primary)
One of my questions may be a bit off topic..but is so close I hope it's
alright. Here it is: If I want to study the meaning of
a word like METANOIAS by looking at how it's used in ancient literature, is
it worth the trouble to
scan TLG and see if the word tended to be used one way in Classical
literature and another way in Koine? Will changes in
it's use over time become clear? Or are these types of searches better left
to the experts?
It's been my understanding that the term changed over time...and that this
is perhaps why Paul seems to distinguish sorrow as a separate concept in 2
Corinthians 7. Perhaps sorrow was a developed meaning of METANOIAS but over
time it came to include a decision to modify behavior...not just sorrow.
So, when I go back to Matthew 4:17 and other passages is the call to
METANOIW more than a call to a change of mind?
Also, I remember reading that Luther made a point that because Matthew 4:17
METANOIW was a present active, it meant an ongoing lifestyle of repentance,
not a one time event. Is this correct?
The bottom line is: How are pastors to interpret the meaning of METANOIAS
in the GNT? What are we to tell our people it means specifically?
VCF of Bloomington/Normal
dbielby <mailto:dbielby at bloomingtonvineyard.org> @bloomingtonvineyard.org
More information about the B-Greek