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By Nigel Turner

Nigel Turner has formerly argued at the foundation of syntax and elegance that biblical Greek is not only vernacular Greek used to assert new issues, yet a different dialect. In Christian phrases he turns to lexicography and argues that the Christian circulation generated its personal certain vocabulary and he discusses its utilization and content material. this isn't a chilly dissecting of an historical language, nor an educational workout. it's a religious quest for which means, grounded upon a first-hand research of either Jewish and secular authors of the Hellenistic and Roman sessions, in addition to early Christian literature.

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Then we may surely pray that, 'as Thy holy Angels alway do Thee service in Heaven, so . . they may succour and defend us on earth'. ) 11 95 96 97 98 99 The angels keep their ancient places, Turn but a stone and start a wing. 'Tis ye - 'tis your estranged faces Tha t miss the many-splendoured thing. 18 ANTICHRIST VT

In no pagan literature is there an example of a technical usage of the verb which is in any way like the early Christian concept of an apostle. 'Both Hellenism and Hellenistic Judaism', says Walter Schmithals, 'appear to be eliminated as sources of the N e w Testament apostolate'. Pagan Greeks would have understood the word to mean emissary, and it is not true to say that the Christian word would have been incomprehensible. It would however have been inadequately comprehended. H . Mosbech rightly observed that there is no connection between the term of Herodotus and the apostle of the N T .

Men like this see the epistle as mystical, not as sacramen­ tal, and cannot find that the Eucharist has anything to do with the passage. Michel, too, felt that the general thesis of Hebrews was against the eucharistic concept of thusiasterion. ' The 'altar' is then no visible table, for the real things are not visible; the 'altar' is a heavenly offering-place. And so with A. S. Peake: 'the only Christian altar is in the heavenly sanctuary where Christ ministers'. Moffatt went so far as to suppose that our text was definite polemic against a rising tide of sacramentalism, which Creed thought unlikely.

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