Maurice A. O'Sullivan mauros at
Thu Aug 10 15:06:13 EDT 2000

At 17:19 10/08/00, Rick H Duggin wrote:
>Or, is this something that cannot be decided by
>the customary use of the adjective in the NT, but
>must be decided entirely on the basis of its context
>in 2 Pt.2:1?

Of course, this is a hapax in the NT and furthermore, as the TDNT points 
out, is never found outside Christian usage.
It  goes on to say that :

The YEUDO< suggests both that the claim of the men concerned is false and 
also that their teaching is erroneous, so that in every respect they are a 
perversion of the Christian DIDASKOLOS since they reject the claim of Jesus 
to dominion over their whole lives . We are pointed in the same direction 
in Pol., 7, 1,

  " For whosoever does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, 
is antichrist; and whosoever does not confess the testimony of the cross, 
is of the devil; and whosoever perverts the oracles of the Lord to his own 
lusts, and says that there is neither a resurrection nor a judgment, he is 
the first-born of Satan. "

7.2 of The Epistle of Polycarp then begins:
Wherefore, forsaking the vanity of many, and their false doctrines,......

Hope this helps.


Maurice A. O'Sullivan  [ Bray, Ireland ]
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