Paul's Passing Thoughts

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Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on October 24, 2014
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  1. Carmen S. said, on October 27, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    A question for Andy:
    Strong’s 3862 “paradoseis” N-AFP

    2 Thess. 2:15
    “Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.” (KJV)

    1 Corinthians 11:2
    “Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I have delivered them to you.” (KJV) (NAS…traditions)

    The Greek Bible ( Bible Hub) lists 2 Thess. 2:15 as “teachings”, and 1 Cor. 11:2 as “traditions”, both from 3862.

    It looks like there are “your traditions” and “traditions of men” vs. “traditions I have delivered to you” and ” traditions ye have been taught by US”.

    The word ‘tradition” has to be read in context?


  2. Andy said, on October 28, 2014 at 8:54 AM


    “The word ‘tradition’ has to be read in context?”

    Always! That is true with any passage you read. Context, context, context.

    Just doing a quick study on this word this morning reveals the following:

    The word παραδοσις (pa-RA-dos-is), strongs 3862, is used 13 times in the New Testament and is translated in the KJV as “tradition(s)” 12 times and “ordinances” once.

    It is the noun form of the verb παραδιδομι (pa-ra-DID-oh-my), strongs 3860, and means to give over, to deliver over, to yield over, to surrender over. So used as a noun, paradosis literally means a deliverance, or something delivered or given over, or “handed-down”.

    In each context, the thing “handed-down” was teaching or instruction, whether it be the Jewish traditions handed down by the oral tradition of the elders, or from Christ or the apostles, who’s teachings were authoratative. You pointed out well this context in your comment, that the NT does make a distinction between the two, and clearly Christ’s and the apostles’ teachings (which are part of the holy writ) held authority over the traditions of men, and were not a second-tier mediator between man and the Word of God. Their teachings ARE the word of God!

    As I write these comments, I become aware once again of the institution’s attempt to promote the idea of apostolic succession. In the formation of creeds and confessions we see that these men clearly believe that they have been given the same authority as the apostles had and therefore believe that their traditions are elevated to the same level of authority as the scriptures.


  3. Carmen S. said, on November 4, 2014 at 1:45 PM


    “Traditions are a living thing” is in terms of an organic metaphor.


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