[B-Greek] Absent Definite Article strips Personality from The Holy Spirit‏

Vasileios Tsialas tsialas78 at hotmail.com
Mon Jun 15 17:32:52 EDT 2009

BDAG gives
these meanings:

a movement of air (gentle) blast;

the spirit, i. e. the vital
principle by which the body is animated, breath, (life-)spirit

"a spirit, i. e. a simple
essence, devoid of all or at least all grosser matter, and possessed of the
power of knowing, desiring, deciding, and acting"; a. generically

The Scriptures also ascribe a pneu/ma
to God, i. e. God's
power and agency -- distinguishable in thought (or modalistice, as they say
in technical speech) from God's essence in itself considered  

universally, "the
disposition or influence which fills and governs the soul of anyone; the
efficient source of any power, affection, emotion, desire,

I don’t see
how your position can be established. Only in the 3 “spirit” can mean a

Actually, I may say that
the case of “spirit” has similarities to that of the “flesh” (SARX). “Flesh”
can mean a “human person”, but this is not the basic meaning of the word. This
is a metonymy based on the monistic biblical anthropology. Yes, as a metonymy the “spirit
person”, i.e. an angel, can be called a “spirit”.
Vasileios Tsialas,
Athens, Greece

> From: kline_dekooning at earthlink.net
> To: b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org
> Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2009 14:02:13 -0700
> Subject: Re: [B-Greek] Absent Definite Article strips Personality from The Holy Spirit‏
> On Jun 15, 2009, at 1:12 PM, Vasileios Tsialas wrote:
> > I forgot to
> > say that the most elementary thing is that the word “spirit” is  
> > neuter and
> > means “the thing blown, wind”
> Are you suggesting that "wind" would be a useful semantic prototype  
> for PNEUMA in the GNT?
> Take a look at BDAG under PNEUMA. The overwhelmingly predominate use  
> in the GNT is for a conscious agent of some sort. Not some inanimate  
> force.
> Elizabeth Kline
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