The Significance Of The “Syn-Compounds” For Jew-Gentile Relationships In The Body Of Christ -- By: Carl B. Hoch, Jr.

Journal: Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
Volume: JETS 25:2 (Jun 1982)
Article: The Significance Of The “Syn-Compounds” For Jew-Gentile Relationships In The Body Of Christ
Author: Carl B. Hoch, Jr.


The Significance Of The “Syn-Compounds” For Jew-Gentile Relationships
In The Body Of Christ

Carl B. Hoch, Jr.*

One of the vexing questions in the history of Biblical exegesis has been the relationship of the two Testaments to each other.1 While covenantal theology has tended to maximize the continuity and minimize the discontinuity between the Old and New Testaments, dispensationalism has tended to minimize the continuity and maximize the discontinuity.2 The present paper aims to narrow the gap between covenantal theology and dispensationalism by discussing a neglected dimension of the NT data relevant to the whole problem of continuity and discontinuity: the syn-compounds.:3

A concordance study yields the following words that are syn-compounds and that are important theologically: syngenēs (fellow citizen), symmorphizomai (be conformed to), symmorphos (having the same form), symphytos (grown together), synagō (bring together), synagōnizomai (fight along with), synathleō (struggle along with), synapothnēskō (die with), synarmologeō (join together), synbasileuō (rule with), synbibazō (unite), syndesmos (bond), syndoxazō (share in glory), syndoulos (fellow slave), synegeirō (rise up with another), synergeō (work together with), synergos (fellow worker), synerchomai (come together), synesthiō (eat with), synzaō (live with), synzygos (yokefellow), synzōopoieō (make alive together with), synthaptomai (bury together with), synkathizō (sit down with), synkerannymi (unite together), synkleiō (close up together), synklēronomos (fellow heir), synkoinōnos (partner), symmetochos (fellow sharer), sym-mimētēs (fellow imitator), synoikodomeō (build...

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