[B-Greek] PISTIS vs PISTOS

Carl Conrad cwconrad2 at mac.com
Sat Dec 18 15:49:27 EST 2010


On Dec 18, 2010, at 1:21 PM, George F Somsel wrote:

> You say you don't think there is one, yet you give it yourself.
> 
> 2 Timothy 2:11 (NA27) 
>  
> 11πιστὸς ὁ λόγος· εἰ γὰρ συναπεθάνομεν, καὶ συζήσομεν· 
> PISTOS hO LOGOS: EI GAR SUNAPEQANOMEN, KAI SUZHSOMEN.

PISTOS is an adjective; it might and can mean "faithful" but not "faithfulness."
There's nothing wrong with PISTIS as "faithfulness" -- BDAG s.v. PISTIS:
1.a. the state of being someone in whom confidence can be placed, faithfulness, reliability, fidelity, commitment 

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)

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> Subject: [B-Greek] PISTIS vs PISTOS
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> 
> I don't believe there is a separate Greek word for "faithfulness" in the N.T.; 
> at least I don't see one.
> 
> That being said, it would seem to me that if Paul or any other N.T. author 
> intended for an existing word like PISTIS or PISTOS to be used to mean 
> faithfulness, he/they would have used PISTOS (faithful) instead of PISTIS 
> (faith).
> 
> Would someone shed some light on this please?
> 
> Thanks,
> Ren Preston







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