New Testament Use Of ΣΑΡΞ -- By: Ezra P. Gould

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 032:125 (Jan 1875)
Article: New Testament Use Of ΣΑΡΞ
Author: Ezra P. Gould

New Testament Use Of ΣΑΡΞ

Rev. Ezra P. Gould

That which gives interest to this inquiry is the use of the word, specially by the Apostle Paul, to denote man’s sinful nature, and the various and sometimes misleading explanations given of that use. And it is to present a view of the origin of that use that the writer has not seen elsewhere, and which, if warrantable, removes grave difficulties in the matter of New Testament psychology, that this Article has been prepared. A preliminary discussion of its other meanings is necessary, however.

And first, we have a class of passages in which σάρξ is used quite literally, or at least with no greater departure from the original meaning than is involved in the confusion of σάρξ and the wider σῶμα. The following is a full list of these passages; though it should be said here that in this matter of classification there is room for individual interpretation and for differences of opinion. Luke 24:39; John 6:51 sq., 63; 8:15; Acts 2:26, 31; Rom. 2:28; 4:1; 1 Cor. 1:29; 7:28; 2 Cor. 4:11; 12:7; Gal. 2:20; 3:3; 4:13; 6:12, 13; Eph. 2:11, 15; 6:5; Phil. 1:22, 24; Col. 1:22; 2:5; 3:22; Heb. 9:10, 13; 10:20; Jas. 5:3; 1 Pet. 3:18, 21; 4:1; 1 John 2:16;

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