[B-Greek] ORQOTOMEW in 2 Tim 2:15

frjsilver at optonline.net frjsilver at optonline.net
Wed Apr 12 21:32:33 EDT 2006

Dear Friends --

I'd like to point out that, in the Divine Liturgy, just at the end of the anaphora, we pray for the episcopate, asking that the bishops 'rightly mete out the word of Your truth' -- taken directly from this verse.  (We sing the Bible in the services.)

In prechristian Greek, ORQOTOMEW is used in many contexts, but the cutting of cloth stands out.  A Russian proverb says 'Measure seven times, since you can cut only once.'

_A fortiori_, this is important not just for tailors, but for teachers of the scriptures.

Peace and blessings to all.

Monk James

Father James Silver
Orthodox Church in America

----- Original Message -----
From: Eddie Mishoe <edmishoe at yahoo.com>
Date: Monday, April 10, 2006 10:43 am
Subject: Re: [B-Greek] ORQOTOMEW in 2 Tim 2:15

> (Be reminded that this passage begins with the concept
> of teaching others, and those teaching other faithful
> and competent ones, etc.) I've often wondered if the
> idea here is not that of (TOM-) cutting in the sense
> of dividing or separating out (so as to install a road
> or bridge). It would then yield the idea of "rightly
> systematizing or categorizing the word of truth." In
> modern times, we call the results of such an
> undertaking Sytematic Theology. Such a work, would
> need one to be a "proven worker." It will be a long
> and hard process to systematize the scriptures, both
> OT and NT, but without this TOM- of the word, people
> (2.18) have strayed from the truth, pulling some
> passage of the resurrection, for example, out of
> context and drawing unsystematic conclusions. Such a
> process will not avoid misinterpretation; rather, Paul
> is simply giving Timothy the proper methodology to employ.
> Eddie Mishoe
> Pastor

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