[B-Greek] Acts 4:33- CARIS

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Fri Nov 24 17:19:33 EST 2006

On Nov 24, 2006, at 1:31 PM, shoes6 at juno.com wrote:

> Mark,
> You asked a question of Carl but addressed your letter to a group.  So
> I will take the liberty of responding to your question -- but I hope
> that Carl will, also.
> A discussion of your question could easily slide off-topic, but I'll
> try to stay on track.
> If you mean that vocabulary is used differently by one writer than it
> is by another, then certainly you are correct.  It becomes absurd to
> require that one word have exactly one meaning at all times.  Context
> bears that out, and often supplies hints as to particular meanings.
> However, if we were to assume a special spiritual meaning exists for
> the words, then the next question is: who's got the dictionary for the
> special spiritual meanings?  How could we know what anything means --
> especially if one "spiritually inspired" interpreter disagrees with
> another?  My question is not hypothetical, but is borne out by church
> history.
> Therefore, until God grants enlightenment to all Greek students, we
> must choose between using tools or being ignorant.
> So get back to class, Mark.  :)
> Moderators, please forgive me if I have gone too far off-topic.

Well, Ted, you have rightly called attention to the fact that it is a
hermeneutical issue that is being raised here, and that it is, as such,
outside the parameters of proper list discussion.

> Mark Spitsbergen <awakesd at earthlink.net> wrote:
> Dr. Conrad,
> Is it possible that we may bias ourselves against an evolving  
> contextual
> definition of a word by holding fast to a narrow definition of these
> ancient
> words? Should we not consider that God has sanctified certain words  
> for his
> own unique application, which is unveiled through the context in which
> those
> words appear? As we observe the usage of the word CARIS, it evolves  
> from a
> unique description of who the incarnate Word is (John 1:14), to  
> that which
> the saints are given in order to function in supernatural gifts ? 
> we not
> also consider that the ?great grace? that was on the church  
> signifies the
> empowerment given to them to work miracles and preach the gospel  
> with power
> as Jesus commanded?
> Mark Spitsbergen
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Carl W. Conrad
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Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)
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