ELEHSON [Matt 15:22 et al]

George Blaisdell maqhth at hotmail.com
Thu Aug 9 10:11:40 EDT 2001

Dear b-greekers...

The petitioning of the Lord in the Gospels with the aorist imperative
active of ELEEW, and the inclusion of it in the beattitudes [Matt 5:7],
sent me looking into the lex to find out origin and meaning of this Greek
word.  All it says is that it is a derivative of the word ELEOS, and that
this word itself is "of uncertain affiliation" but means divine compassion
or mercy.

A quick search of the archives turned up nothing at all on this word.

What is the origin of ELEEW?  Is this a Hebrew term that found its way
into the Greek?  If so, is it related to the obvious Elohim?  And if so,
how does it work?

Thanks in advance for your help.

George Blaisdell

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