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The Meaning of Theopneustos

Paul was describing a spiritual vitality, living and life-giving, which is not at all limited to the original autographs but exists even in accurate translations. Continue reading

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“Given by Inspiration” — theopneustos, etymology, and hapax legomenon

We can’t entirely trust the way a word was derived to tell us its meaning, but it probably (in this case) provides strong clues. Based on derivation, the Greek word theopneustos (“given by inspiration of God”) has a meaning related to “breathed by God.” It is indicating something about the divine origin of the Scriptures — they came from God. To find if there is more to its meaning than that as we look at II Timothy 3:16, we’ll have to look for other clues, which we’ll do in my next post.
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