Saturday, February 25, 2012

PHILIPPIANS 2:7 Gk., ( κενός )

WILLIAM EDWY VINE (circa. 1873-1949 C.E.): “...Gk., ( κενός ) EXPRESSES THE HOLLOWNESS OF ANYTHING, THE ABSENCE OF THAT WHICH MIGHT OTHERWISE BE POSSESSED. […] Gk., ( κενός ) STRESSES THE ABSENCE OF QUALITY, Gk., ( μάταιος ), the absence of useful aim or effect...” - (Pages 197-198, B1-Adjective, G2756, “EXPOSITORY DICTIONARY OF NEW TESTAMENT WORDS,” 1949.)
[PERSONAL FOOTNOTE]: W. E. Vine was a Tri{3}nitarian while alive, and argued in the same context as quoted above, that Jesus did not “...empt[y]...” himself of Php 2:6 Gk., ( μορφῇ Θεοῦ ). I am not trying to misrepresent Mr Vine, (nor any other Tri{3}nitarian scholar quoted here) but only highlight certain isolated points of interest from their reference works.

RICHARD CHENEVIX TRENCH (circa. 1807-1886 C.E.): “...Gk., ( κενός ) IMPLIES HOLLOWNESS, Gk., ( μάταιος ) aimlessness. […] When used to refer to people instead of things, Gk., ( κενός ) IMPLIES NOT ONLY AN ABSENCE OF […] Gk., ( κενός ) expresses the emptiness of anything that is not filled with God, then Gk., ( μάταιος ) refers to the aimlessness (lacking object and end) and vanity...” - (Pages 180-184, Empty, “SYNONYMS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT,” 1854.)

ALEXANDER SOUTER (circa. 1873-1949 C.E.): “...Gk., ( κενόω ) Phil II. 7. (A) I empty ( B ) I DEPRIVE OF CONTENT, make unreal...” - (Page 132, “A POCKET LEXICON TO THE GREEK NEW TESTAMENT,” Oxford, at the Clarendon Press, first published 1916.)

GEORGE ABBOTT SMITH (circa. 1817-1875 C.E.): “...SYN : Gk., ( μάταιος ) of the aim or effect of action Gk., ( κενός ) OF ITS QUALITY […] to empty, to make empty...” - (Page 244, “A MANUAL GREEK LEXICON OF THE NEW TESTAMENT,” 1922.)

KENNETH SAMUEL WUEST (circa. 1893–1962 C.E.): “...Gk., ( κενός ) empty […] CHARACTERIZE THE HOLLOWNESS...” - (Pages 139-142, Philippians, Vol 2, “WORD STUDIES IN THE GREEK NEW TESTAMENT,” Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1961.)