Sunday, January 15, 2012

WHAT DOES ( μορφῇ ) MEAN? AT PHILLIPIAN'S 2:6?


RICHARD CHENEVIX TRENCH (circa. 1807-1886 C.E.): “...signifies the - ( form ) - as it is the utterance of the inner life; not ‘being,’ but ( ‘mode of being,’ ) - or better, - ( ‘mode of existence’ ) […] there was nothing docetic, nothing phantastic about it. His - ( manner of existence ) - was now that of a Gk., ( δούλος ), [...] from that - ( manner of existence ) - in which He...” - (Page 263 § LXX. “SYNONYMS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT.”)

Although Archbishop Trench gives a typically tri{3}nitarian explanation in the surrounding context of this citation, he defines the word as basically:

1.) “...FORM...”
2.) “...MODE OF BEING...”
3.) “...MODE OF EXISTENCE...”
4.) “...MANNER OF EXISTENCE...”

With his preference for:

Gk., ( μορφῇ )

...MODE OF EXISTENCE...”