Words for Love in Biblical Greek

James Barr

in The Glory of Christ in the New Testament

Published in print November 1987 | ISBN: 9780198263265
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682452 | DOI:
Words for Love in Biblical Greek

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This chapter presents an essay on the words for love in biblical Greek focusing on the Septuagint (LXX). The noun for love is scarcely found in Greek before the LXX and a common traditional argument for this suggested that the word was coined by that version and was thus the supreme example of a word that was developed within the revealed religion. The 20th century emphasis on the Greek noun for love has been primarily theological in character and the opposition between the two kinds of love, eros and agape, was made familiar by Anders Nygren in the 1930s.

Keywords: Love; Septuagint; biblical Greek; eros; agape; Anders Nygren

Chapter.  7647 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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