[B-Greek] Matthew 5: 21-22 KRISEI

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Tue Jun 27 13:07:11 EDT 2006

On Jun 27, 2006, at 12:37 PM, Lillian Belt wrote:

> How do I determine when KRISEI referrs to a human court, or to the  
> judgement of God?  Is the expression  "ENOCOS ESTAI TA KRISEI" an  
> idiom that tells me this is to a human court, or must I just take  
> it from the contex and guess?

Context is of primary importance, and you may indeed have to make an  
intelligent conjecture based upon the context. But here's where a  
good lexicon is really essential to help you see how the word (and  
other Greek words too) may take on different meanings and nuances in  
somewhat different contexts. Many, if not most, B-Greekers seem to  
think that one who is going to go beyond a couple years of study of  
NT Greek and keep reading the Greek NT should have at hand a major  
unabridged lexicon such as BDAG (A Greek - English Lexicon of the New  
Testament and other Early Christian Literature, Third Edition   
revised and edited by Fredrick William Danker. Another very useful  
tool for distinguish the different senses that a word may have in  
different context is Louw & Nida (often referred to on BG as L-N):  
Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament Based on Semantic Domains,  
Johannes P. Louw and Eugene A. Nida, Editors

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)
1989 Grindstaff Road/Burnsville, NC 28714/(828) 675-4243
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