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Changing Words and Theological Adjustments

July 18, 2018

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The word “nice” used to mean silly. The word “awful” conveyed full of awe. In Old English, the word “wench” meant a child.

Centuries ago “clue” was a ball of yarn and “naughty” meant poor or possessing nothing. “Sly” expressed knowing and wise in the 13th century. A “hussy” was a housewife while a “cheater” looked after the King’s land holdings after his death. In our lifetime, we’ve seen the word “gay” change its meaning while “bad” can mean really good.

When studying the Bible, it’s important to understand that words change. The word “hell” meant a place of protection or to cover as recently as the 1600’s. In Proto-Indo-European “hel” was the root for helmet, hill, and hall. A “hellure” placed potatoes under cover, into the ground to grow. In the 7th century sheol and hades were replaced with “hell,” which had a hopeful or positive sense at the time. Sheol and hades simply meant a place of rest or waiting for resurrection.

Other words have tremendously differing meanings than when they first entered English bible translations, such as justice, judgment, eternal and wrath. A careful re-evaluation of the true meanings of these words will drastically change our understanding of modern theology.

Mike Owens
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