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Posted - 24 Aug 2013 :  11:12:58  

Hi all,
I am wondering when the word 'meaning' -its equivalent of course- was first used. To be more precise 'meaning' as it is used in English in the phrase 'meaning of life'. I thought this may be the place to ask. Though I don't speak or read Greek original or variants would be very helpful. Thanks

PS I see no equivalent for 'meaning' in the Bible either. Am I mistaken there? Many thanks once again.



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Posted - 27 Aug 2013 :  10:54:49  


You can find it in many synonyms, most common in Homer being the word "noema" (νόημα), in the New Testament "aletheia" (ἀλήθεια).

Logos (Λόγος), in the New Testament, the Gospel of John, being "the" name of Christ himself, describes meaning in many nuances - cause, expression, purpose, etc.

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