B. Ward Powers bwpowers at
Mon Oct 15 00:10:58 EDT 2001

B-greekers all:

At 05:35 PM 011014 -0500, SPAWN OF A JEWISH CARPENTER: CINDY SMITH wrote:
>The expression REMA THEOU appears in
>Luke 3:2        during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas,
>                 the word of God came to John son of Zechariah
>                 in the desert.
>Ephesians 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the
>                 Spirit, which is the word of God.

Actually, the Greek here is RHMA QEOU (in the recognized transliteration 
schema of b-greek).

>Is this expression any different or basically synonymous with the
>phrase LOGOS THEOU which appears in
>1 Thessalonians 2:13    And for this reason we too give thanks to God
>                         unceasingly, that, in receiving the word of
>                         God from hearing us, you received not a
>                         human word but, as it truly is, the word of
>                         God, which is at work in you who believe.
>1 Timothy 4:5   for it is made holy by the invocation of God in
>                 prayer.
>That's the NAB.  The NRS has it:
>                 for it is sanctified by God's word and by prayer.
>1 Peter 4:11    Whoever preaches, let it be with the words of God;
>                 etc.
>Thanks for any help.
>Cindy Smith

RHMA QEOU and LOGOS QEOU are synonymous.

LOGOS is cognate with the verb LEGW - there are a large number of word 
pairs which have the vowel O in the noun and E in the verb form (e.g. 

RHMA is cognate with the verb root RE or ER seen in the principal parts 
EREW EIRHKA EIRHMAI ERREQHN. (In the Perfect Active and Middle/Passive, as 
also in RHMA, the E of the root lengthens into H in accordance with the 
Short Vowel Lengthening Rule).

And these four Principal Parts join with LEGW and EIPON (aorist) to give us 
the six Principal Parts of the suppletive verb system of LEGW. In which 
they all have the same meaning, i.e. they are the various tense/voice forms 
of "say-speak-tell").

LOGOS and RHMA are the respective noun formations of these equivalent 
verbs, and are also synonymous.



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