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Bibil Identifier bibil:204164
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Greek Concept of the "Seven Stages of Life" and Its New Testament Significance
Author Overstreet, R. Larry
Journal Bulletin for Biblical Research (Volume: 19, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 537-563 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Particular words used in Greek and Roman cultures before, during, and after NT times provide insight into how those peoples recognized seven identifiable stages of life a person experiences during the aging process, from birth through old age. This is referred to as the hebdomadal system. Because the terms are also found in the NT, identifying their parameters is beneficial for understanding the implications of the various ages of individuals mentioned. Interpreters of the NT will define with greater precision texts that mention age. To accomplish this purpose, this article first examines the concept of life's stages in ancient literature and then considers the seven specific stages of life enumerated in that literature. The final section applies the understanding of the Greek terms for the stages of life to the NT.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Anthropology
Terms παιδίον
παῖς
νεανίσκος
ἀνήρ
πρεσβύτης
γέρων
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