[B-Greek] -IKOS nouns in 1 Cor 15:44

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Fri Apr 28 10:50:56 EDT 2006

On Apr 28, 2006, at 10:40 AM, justin rogers wrote:

> Hello:
>      Could someone please comment on nouns with the -IKOS suffix?   
> N.T.
> Wright said in a lecture at Crighton College in 2003 that -IKOS  
> nouns refer
> to animation, and not substance. Thus "fleshly" and "spiritual" are  
> not good
> translations of YUMATIKOS and PNEUMATIKOS in 1 Cor 15:44. Rather we  
> should
> say "flesh-animated" and "spirit-animated." I cannot find any help  
> from my
> grammars. Thank you.

If your question is really about the -IKOS suffix, it was answered by  
Scott Socking when you first raised this question two days ago: the  
adjectival suffix -IKOS means simply "relating to," "having to do  
with"; it has nothing to do with "animation." Assuming that you mean  
YUCIKOS rather than the non-existent YUMATIKOS, Wright's comment more  
likely relates to the root elements YUC- and PNEUMAT-. YUCIKOS  
evidently is derived from the LXX translation of Genesis 1:7 where  
YUCH is the Greek used to convey the Hebrew NeFeSH, the word for  
organic creaturely existence in an earthly body enlivened by the  
breath of God. The standard view, which I think is correct, is that  
YUCIKOS refers to ordinary creaturely organic life.

Carl W. Conrad
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