Dictionary.com noun, plural cler·gies. the group or body of ordained persons in a religion, as distinguished from the laity. Etymonline.com c. 1200, clergie "office or dignity of a clergyman," from two Old French words: 1. clergié"clerics, learned men," from Medieval Latin clericatus, from Late Latin clericus (see clerk(n.)); 2. clergie "learning, knowledge, erudition," from clerc, also from Late Latin clericus. Meaning "persons ordained for religious work, persons consecrated to the duties of public ministration in the Christian church" is from c. … Continue reading Clergy
Why would you want to study a particular version (Koine) of Greek that no one speaks anymore? The straightforward answer is because it is the language in which the New Testament (NT) was written. In addition, there was written a Koine Greek translation of the Old Testament known as the Septuagint. Koine (sounds like coin-ay) … Continue reading Why Study Koine Greek?
Biblical Theology is a discipline of exegetical theology, one of the 4 that are part of what is called the "Encyclopedia of Theology" - Exegetical, Historical, Systematic, and Practical Theologies (Hagenbach). Etymonline.com biblical 1734, "pertaining to the Bible," from Bible + -ical. Related: Biblically. Earlier adjective was Biblic (1680s). Related: Biblicality. Discussion/Explanation Biblical theology is considered by some to be the capstone … Continue reading Biblical Theology
In Christendom today, there are often considered to be three primary branches - Catholicism, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestantism (debating aside whether or not this is an accurate representation of current-day Christianity). Let's first get started with the usual... Dictionary.com Protestantism noun the religion of Protestants. the Protestant churches collectively. adherence to Protestant principles. Protestant noun 1. any Western Christian who is not an adherent … Continue reading Protestantism
Dictionary.com noun (used with a singular verb) 1. the art or practice of disputation or controversy: a master of polemics. 2. the branch of theology dealing with the history or conduct of ecclesiastical disputation and controversy. Etymonline.com 1630s, "controversial argument or discussion," from French polémique (16c./17c.), noun use of adjective meaning "disputatious, controversial" (see polemic (adj.)). Discussion/Explanation From the … Continue reading Polemics
Dictionary.com pastoral theology - the branch of theology dealing with the responsibilities of members of the clergy to the people under their care. Etymonline.com - - this term isn't in their database - - pastoral: "of or pertaining to shepherds," early 15c., from Old French pastoral (13c.), from Latin pastoralis "of herdsmen, of shepherds," from pastor (see pastor (n.)). The noun sense of "poem … Continue reading Poimenics