ANAGNOSIS

—"The one reading, be understanding!" (Mk. 13.14; Mt. 24.15)

Brief studies and devotionals designed to elucidate the meaning of Scripture, increase our faith, and enable us to draw closer to God. To learn more about this column, see: "01—The Bible Was Written To Be Understood."

The Bible Was Written To Be Understood

 

     English-speakers talk of receiving a diagnosis. This word, derived from ancient Greek, literally means, "through-knowledge." It denotes the ability to identify a phenomenon through examination and testing.

 

     In similar vein, the Bible, penned originally in Greek, was written to be “anagnosed” (Mk. 13.14; Mt. 24.15; lit., again-knowledge) — personally understood by a reader who is re-living or re-appreciating what was originally conveyed by the author. As the author knew his meaning initially, so the reader (the anaginoskon) must know-again the same meaning. Jesus often reprimanded his contemporaries for failing to “anagnose” the sacred oracles, as originally conveyed (i.e., “have you not read…”—cf. Mt. 12.3, 5; 19.4; 21.42; 22.29-31; etc.).

 

    Indeed, the Bible can and must be read, so as to know-again its original meaning!

 

Ephesians 5.17 — Matthew 15.10 —

John 8.43 — Ephesians 3.4

 

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