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summerfest_01

USA
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Posted - 14 Jan 2007 :  16:13:12  


Hello all! I am new to this site, happened upon it by sheer serendipity. I have done a little research into the many different spellings and usages for the word GOD in the NT. John 1:1 uses different two different spellings. I thought someone might shed some light on this. I noticed various other alternate spellings in the NT as well, usually only differing by one letter at the end of the word for GOD, Θεός. One has a Y at the end, another, as in John 1:1, an N. Any insight is most appreciated. Thanks!


 

George

Greece
615 Posts

Posted - 14 Jan 2007 :  16:48:21  

 

Hi.

In English we say God, of God, to God, for God, etc. In Greek we use declensions, where a word changes according to its relation with other parts of the sentence : ΘΕΟΣ, ΘΕΟΥ, ΘΕΟΝ, ΘΕΩ, ΘΕΕ - are all the same word, which in nominative case is ΘΕΟΣ. The same in plural : ΘΕΟΙ, ΘΕΩΝ, ΘΕΟΙΣ, ΘΕΟΥΣ

You can read more about cases at Elpenor's 3rd lesson

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