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Lexicon :: Strong's G139 - hairesis

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hairesis (Key)
Part of Speech
feminine noun
Root Word (Etymology)
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Vine's Expository Dictionary: View Entry

TDNT Reference: 1:180,27

Trench's Synonyms: cvii. Additional Synonyms

Strong’s Definitions

αἵρεσις haíresis, hah'-ee-res-is; from G138; properly, a choice, i.e. (specially) a party or (abstractly) disunion:—heresy (which is the Greek word itself), sect.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 9x

The KJV translates Strong's G139 in the following manner: sect (5x), heresy (4x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 9x
The KJV translates Strong's G139 in the following manner: sect (5x), heresy (4x).
  1. act of taking, capture: e.g. storming a city

  2. choosing, choice

  3. that which is chosen

  4. a body of men following their own tenets (sect or party)

    1. of the Sadducees

    2. of the Pharisees

    3. of the Christians

  5. dissensions arising from diversity of opinions and aims

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
αἵρεσις haíresis, hah'-ee-res-is; from G138; properly, a choice, i.e. (specially) a party or (abstractly) disunion:—heresy (which is the Greek word itself), sect.
αἵρεσις, -εως, ;
1. (from αἱρέω), act of taking, capture: τῆς πόλεως, the storming of a city; in secular authors.
2. (from αἱρέομαι), choosing, choice, very often in secular writings: Sept. Leviticus 22:18; 1 Macc. 8:30.
3. that which is chosen, a chosen course of thought and action; hence one's chosen opinion, tenet; according to the context, an opinion varying from the true exposition of the Christian faith (heresy): 2 Peter 2:1 (cf. DeWette at the passage), and in ecclesiastical writings [cf. Sophocles' Lexicon, under the word].
4. a body of men separating themselves from others and following their own tenets (a sect or party): as the Sadducees, Acts 5:17; the Pharisees, Acts 15:5; Acts 26:5; the Christians, Acts 24:5, 14 (in both instances with a suggestion of reproach); Acts 28:22 (in Diogenes Laërtius 1 (13) 18f, others, used of the schools of philosophy).
5. dissensions arising from diversity of opinions and aims: Galatians 5:20; 1 Corinthians 11:19. [Cf. Meyer, at the passages cited; B. D. American edition under the word Sects; Burton, Bampt. Lect. for 1829; Campbell, Diss. on the Gospels, diss. ix., part iv.]
THAYER’S GREEK LEXICON, Electronic Database.
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BLB Scripture Index of Thayer's

5:17; 15:5; 24:5; 24:14; 26:5; 28:22
1 Corinthians
2 Peter

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number G139 matches the Greek αἵρεσις (hairesis),
which occurs 9 times in 9 verses in the TR Greek.

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 5:17 - But the high priest stood up, along with all his associates (that is the sect G139 of the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 15:5 - But some of the sect G139 of the Pharisees who had believed stood up, saying, “It is necessary to circumcise [fn]them and to direct them to keep the Law of Moses.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 24:5 - “For we have found this man a public menace and one who stirs up dissensions among all the Jews throughout [fn]the world, and a ringleader of the sect G139 of the Nazarenes.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 24:14 - “But I confess this to you, that in accordance with [fn]the Way, which they call a sect G139, I do serve the God of our fathers, believing everything that is in accordance with the Law and is written in the Prophets;
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 26:5 - since they have known about me for a long time, if they are willing to testify, that I lived as a Pharisee according to the strictest sect G139 of our religion.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 28:22 - “But we desire to hear from you what [fn]your views are; for regarding this sect G139, it is known to us that it is spoken against everywhere.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 11:19 - For there also have to be factions G139 among you, so that those who are approved may become [fn]evident among you.
Unchecked Copy BoxGal 5:20 - idolatry, witchcraft, hostilities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions G139,
Unchecked Copy Box2Pe 2:1 - But false prophets also appeared among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies G139, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.
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