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Dictionaries :: Begin, Beginning, Beginner

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Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
A-1 Verb Strong's Number: g756 Greek: archomai

Begin, Beginning, Beginner:

denotes "to begin." In Luk 3:23 the present participle is used in a condensed expression, lit., "And Jesus Himself was beginning about thirty years." Some verb is to be supplied in English. The RV has "when He began to teach, was about thirty years of age." The meaning seems to be that He was about thirty years when He "began" His public career (cp. Act 1:1). The AV has "began to be about thirty years of age." In Act 11:4 the RV suitably has "began, and expounded," instead of "from the beginning."
See B, No. 1, below, and REIGN, RULE.

A-2 Verb Strong's Number: g1728 Greek: enarchomai

Begin, Beginning, Beginner:

lit., "to begin in" (en, "in," with No. 1), is used in Gal 3:3 ("having begun in the Spirit"), to refer to the time of conversion; similarly in Phl 1:6, "He which began a good work in you." The en may be taken in its literal sense in these places.

A-3 Verb Strong's Number: g4278 Greek: proenarchomai

Begin, Beginning, Beginner:

lit., "to begin in before" (pro, with No. 2), is used in 2Cr 8:6, "he had made a beginning before;" and in 2Cr 8:10, "were the first to make a beginning" (RV).

A-4 Verb Strong's Number: g3195 Greek: mello

Begin, Beginning, Beginner:

"to be about to," is rendered "begin" in the AV of Rev 10:7; RV suitably, "when he is about to sound."

Note: For "began to wax" in 1Ti 5:11, see WANTON, B, No. 2.

B-1 Noun Strong's Number: g746 Greek: arche

Begin, Beginning, Beginner:

means "a beginning." The root arch-- primarily indicated what was of worth. Hence the verb archo meant "to be first," and archon denoted "a ruler." So also arose the idea of "a beginning," the origin, the active cause, whether a person or thing, e.g., Col 1:18. In Hbr 2:3 the phrase "having at the first been spoken" is, lit., "having received a beginning to be spoken." In 2Th 2:13 ("God chose you from the beginning"), there is a well supported alternative reading, "chose you as first-fruits" (i.e., aparchen, instead of ap' arches). In Hbr 6:1, where the word is rendered "first principles," the original has "let us leave the word of the beginning of Christ," i.e., the doctrine of the elementary principles relating to Christ.

In Jhn 8:25, Christ's reply to the question "Who art Thou?," "Even that which I have spoken unto you from the beginning," does not mean that He had told them before; He declares that He is consistently the unchanging expression of His own teaching and testimony from the first, the immutable embodiment of His doctrine.

Note: In the following passages the AV faulty translations, "since the world began," etc. are rightly rendered in the RV by "before times eternal" and similar phrases, Rom 16:25; Eph 3:9; 2Ti 1:9; Tts 1:2. The alteration has not been made, however, in Luk 1:70; Jhn 9:32; Act 3:21; 15:18.

C-1 Adverb Strong's Number: g4412 Greek: proton

Begin, Beginning, Beginner:

the neuter of protos (the superlative degree of proteros), "first, at the first," is rendered "at the beginning" in Jhn 2:10, AV, RV, "setteth on first."


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