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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 www.ellopos.net/elpenor/greek-texts/ancient-greece/homer.asp" target="_blank">Homer being the word "noema" (νόημα), in the www.ellopos.net/elpenor/greek-texts/new-testament/default.asp" target="_blank">New Testament "aletheia" (ἀλήθεια).

Logos (Λόγος), in the New Testament, the www.ellopos.net/elpenor/greek-texts/new-testament/john/default.asp" target="_blank">Gospel of John, being "the" name of Christ himself, describes meaning in many nuances - cause, expression, purpose, etc.

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