Chapter Four: Description of Pauline Worship in Light of Language
C H A P T E R F O U R Description of Pauline Worship in Light of Language In this chapter, we will examine the language Paul employs for worship and observe the nuances of these words as Paul utilizes them in their respective con- texts. Our purpose in exploring the various words Paul uses for worship is to see what each of these words mean, and what they individually contribute by way of their respective meanings to the overall subject or picture of worship. We will treat each of these words by looking at their lexigraphical definition as well as their use in Hellenisitc literature including the LXX. We will track their place in the Pauline letters and seek to understand Paul’s purpose in using them, and what he intended to communicate by their usage. Among the words Paul uses for worship, latreu,w, seba,zomai, proskune,w, and douleu,w are verbs and thus denote action. We will also examine the word qrhskei,a. These words are generally trans- lated as “worship” in English translations of Paul’s letters. Paul not only viewed worship as a personal relationship between the worshipper and God, he also saw worship in terms of action which highlighted the relationship of the worshipper and God, and also reinforced the distinction between the two. Paul’s use of these various words to communicate the notion of worship indicates and confirms my conviction that unlike the univocal English word worship, Paul did not have one particular...
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