Hen Scratches June 10, 2008
Among the comments on agape and kephale are some fascinating contributions. I can't quite compete with (oops, I meant complement)Dave in entertainment value but the comments do.
E provides an article which is a must read. We have been having the conversation on and off for over a year, in whispers, as to whether the fact that some ancients believed that semen was stored in the head was significant to the interpretation of 1 Cor. 11. I will leave Paul's Argument from Nature with you. No, I don't think this is a whackjob. What do others think?
In other encouraging notes on the gender front, TC has bought the TNIV study Bible for his wife and Iyov pounces on people who hold to this position.
All the recent posts on words like charis, psyche, agape etc. have got me thinking about how words have been invested with meaning subsequent to their appearance in the scriptures. Studying this helps to break through our misconceptions.
In ending rather abruptly, I just want to add that my writing here at all right now is a demonstration of philia, (or agape, but that sounds rather lofty, so I will revert to philia, a humbler word for the same thing - a bond of affection). I enjoy the bibliosphere and I am reading and enjoying the various conversations around and about. At the moment all my creative juices are required for writing report cards.
And I would love to hear your thoughts on agape and philia. Philia, the bond of affection and interdependence in Aristotle, is usually translated as "friendship." Is philia synonymous with agape, Christian charity? They both promote social bonds of fellowship. There is a charity/organization near my home called Philia, and this has got me thinking.