epignosis

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epignosis

Postby Eiji Koyama » July 25th, 2012, 9:40 pm

I wnat you to help me understand clearly how Paul use "epignosis."
O'Brien (Philippians, NIGTC) points out that Paul uses it 15 times.
My question is as he said, "whether Paul intended a different meaning from gnosis when he used this word epignosis."
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Re: epignosis

Postby David Lim » July 26th, 2012, 1:25 am

Eiji Koyama wrote:I wnat you to help me understand clearly how Paul use "epignosis."
O'Brien (Philippians, NIGTC) points out that Paul uses it 15 times.
My question is as he said, "whether Paul intended a different meaning from gnosis when he used this word epignosis."


In my opinion, "επιγνωσις" has the connotation of "recognition" or "realisation" or "acknowledgement", whereas "γνωσις" simply means "knowledge" generally.
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Re: epignosis

Postby Eiji Koyama » July 26th, 2012, 2:19 am

Do you mean "epi" has special significance?
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Re: epignosis

Postby David Lim » July 26th, 2012, 5:47 am

Eiji Koyama wrote:Do you mean "epi" has special significance?


Compound words were originally formed by joining two or more words, often a preposition or adverb with a verb, but etymology usually doesn't mean anything other than a historical derivation. So "γνωσις" is one word and "επιγνωσις" is another word. You should refer to a lexicon such as LSJ for a fuller picture of each word. LSJ also tells you some meanings that "επι" might have when in compound words (http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/morph?l=epi&la=greek#lexicon, section E.G.), but not "επιγνωσις" though.
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Re: epignosis

Postby cwconrad » July 26th, 2012, 10:15 am

Eiji Koyama wrote:I wnat you to help me understand clearly how Paul use "epignosis."
O'Brien (Philippians, NIGTC) points out that Paul uses it 15 times.
My question is as he said, "whether Paul intended a different meaning from gnosis when he used this word epignosis."


Note, please, that the title of this sub-forum is, "What does this text mean?" Your question as posed doesn't seem to be asking about a text at all but rather about a word that appears in several texts.

When posting to this sub-forum, it would be helpful both to those seeking to respond and to those who may search the forum later if you would (a) indicate in your subject-header what verse or verses in which you find the word you're asking about, and (b) cite that text in the Greek before putting your question. Words don't always have the precise same meaning or nuance in every text in which they are used. So: you'll get more useful answers to your questions when you make it easier for a responder to know exactly what you're asking about.
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Re: epignosis

Postby Eiji Koyama » July 26th, 2012, 9:21 pm

As I read where Paul uses "epignosis" (such as Romans 10:2), I don't think there is any big difference between "gnosis" and "epignosis." However I heard a pastor preached that we shoudn't just "know intelectually (gnosis)" Jesus, but "know by experience (epignosis)". I wonder there is such difference in NT Greek. I was trying to quote, but I can not find any difference. Maybe I posted wrong forum, but I want to understand what the NT Greek said.
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