Re: zoë & bios in the synoptics
- At 09:50 PM 4/21/99 +0100, you wrote:
>I am a new subscriber to this list, and I am not a Greek scholar. Can anywelcome.
>subscribers more learned than I help me with this one.
>Mt uses <gk> zohn </gk> (i.e., zeta omega, eta, nu). To determine the
>Is "life" in Matt 19:16 (what good thing shall I do...) rendered ZOE or
>BIOS in the Greek, and can anyone help me understand the difference between
significance of words they must always be seen in context; which makes an
answer to your question very difficult. If you wish to ask about a specific
word in a specific context you will be able to get an answer that is more
than generalization. Having said that, one could generalize and say that
zoe refers to life as a quality and most frequently in relation to spiritual
life, whereas bios is mere life, animal life, existence, etc.
(boy am I gonna get scorched on this one).
Jim West, ThD
Petros Baptist Church- Pastor
Quartz Hill School of Theology- Adjunct Prof. of Bible
web page- http://web.infoave.net/~jwest