Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Prophesy ~ considering the Greek

I offer the following in further support of my position discussed HERE.

The Biblical and historical understanding of prophesy does not leave room for the contemporary man-centered view which claims there is a 'lesser' type/quality of prophesy--one that can be/may be/is tainted by man and consequently fallible.

From: “A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature”, 2nd edition, Bauer, Walter; Arndt, William F.; Gingrich, F. Wilbur (Fondly referred to as "BAG" by N.T. Greek students)

προφητεύω (verb form)
- proclaim a divine revelation
- prophetically reveal what is hidden
- foretell the future, prophesy

προφητεία, ας, ή (noun form)
- prophetic activity
- the gift of prophesy, of prophesying
- the utterance of the prophet, prophetic word, prophesy