Chapter Five: Practical Expressions of Worship in the Pauline Letters
C H A P T E R F I V E Practical Expressions of Worship in the Pauline Letters In the preceding chapter, I examined the various words and language Paul utilized for worship. In this chapter, I will proceed to examine the practical expressions and actions that Paul uses to denote the act of worship. These expressions are also in- dicative of the levels of action (point 2 of the worship criteria) which are exercised by the worshipper to God. Louw and Nida refer to these as “worship expressed in an idiomatic manner.”1 I will refer to practical expressions and idioms of worship as synonymous in this chapter. In this regard, I am moving now to actions and not spe- cific concepts associated with worship. While still dealing with words in this chapter that are associated with worship, these words are not generally translated in English as “worship” as the words latreu,w, latrei,a, seba,zomai, proskune,w, and qrhskei,a are. There is an overlap between the specific concepts and words meaning “worship,” and the actions which will be surveyed. At the same time while I am treating practical expressions and actions in this chapter, I also acknowledge that some of the words for “worship” above, which have been examined, also denote actions as some of those words are verbs (latreu,w, seba,zomai, proskune,w). An overlap between a concept or word for worship and a practical expression or action that denotes worship can be...
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