[B-Greek] PARRHSIA more than boldness?
George F Somsel
gfsomsel at yahoo.com
Sat Feb 12 18:02:34 EST 2011
I would suggest that you get a copy of BDAG and look up such words. Danker
lists 3 definitions of παρρησία PARRHSIA:
①a use of speech that conceals nothing and passes over nothing, outspokenness,
frankness, plainness②‘Openness’ somet. develops into openness to the
public,before whom speaking and actions take place③a state of boldness and
confidence, courage, confidence, boldness, fearlessness,esp. in the presence of
persons of high rank
Which one is appropriate requires a bit of consideration. Don't simply play
"pin the tail on the donkey" and pick one at random. Read the whole section and
look at some of the examples listed. Above all, don't look in some dictionary
such as Strong's or Barclay Newman. Don't accept any substitute for BDAG. Once
you have BDAG there are others such as LSJ and Louw & Nida which can also be
useful, but start with BDAG.
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From: Richard Smith <rbs58 at comcast.net>
To: b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org
Sent: Sat, February 12, 2011 3:38:03 PM
Subject: [B-Greek] PARRHSIA more than boldness?
Let me know when my questions are tedious.
I am curious about how to understand PARRHSIA in Acts, generally translated
"boldness" or confidence. It seems to me, especially given 4.13, that the word
conveys more that courage to speak up, that it conveys persuasiveness,
rhetorical skill, knowledge, learning. Of course with speaking skills comes
confidence to speak.
It seems though that the Holy Spirit has given more than boldness, it has given
the how and the what to speak.
Acts 2.29, 4.13, 29, 31, 28.31
Acts 9.27, 13.46, 14.3, 18.26, 19.8
And it may be that the context is what gives the broader meaning, if that
broader meaning is there.
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