[B-Greek] Matthew 22:37: DIANOIA vs NOUS
anthony.rimell at orcon.net.nz
Sun Oct 7 20:45:53 EDT 2007
In Matthew, when Jesus is referring to the great commandment, the Greek
record refers to DIANOIA.
Matthew 22:37 HO DE EPHEI AUTW, AGAPEISEIS KURION TON THEON SOU ... EN
HOLEI TEI DIANOIA SOU
In his rush to biblical 'precision' in translation, I have been challenged
by a friend to identify why DIANOIA was chosen here, and not NOUS. I have
responded in two ways:
1 I do not find guessing games into the possible thinking of the author
overly productive, and
2 The two words seem to me to convey the same concept - the mind.
His assertion is that DIANOIA refers to the centre of the willpower, not
the mind in general.
I have been looking through several lexicons and Greek concordances, and
struggle to find any usage that might actually validate his impression.
However, always open to correction, I am wondering if any readers here can
point me to a work that shows there is a genuine difference between
DIANOIA and NOUS.
Anthony Rimell, New Zealand
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