God is Love: The Word Agape in the New Testament


in Eros Unveiled

Published in print April 1996 | ISBN: 9780198267669
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683336 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

God is Love: The Word Agape in the New Testament

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In the Patristic period, the education and background of the writers are reflected in their writings. The same is also true of the New Testament, which was not written in a vacuum. The New Testament writers were writing in Greek and clearly inherited with their Greek language a certain amount of the prevailing Greek culture; but they also came from a background more or less strongly influenced by Semitic languages and styles of thought. Our immediate concern now is not with the overall style or characteristics of the New Testament, but with one particular feature that has been considered significant; that is, the prominence of the noun agape (love). It might seem more plausible to argue that agape appeared in the New Testament because the writers were familiar with the Greek version of the Hebrew Scriptures. However, this also is insufficient to account for the facts.

Keywords: New Testament; Greek language; culture; agape; love; Hebrew Scriptures

Chapter.  12481 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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