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fash'-un (mishpaT; schema, the make, pattern, shape, manner or appearance of a thing (from Latin faction-em, "a making," through Old French fatson, fachon)): In the Old Testament the noun "fashion" represents 3 Hebrew words:

(1) MishpaT = literally, "judgment," hence, judicial sentence, right, custom, manner; usually translated "judgment" (very frequent), but also a few times "sentence," "cause," "charge," and more frequently "manner" (nearly 40 times in the King James Version). In 3 passages it is translated "fashion," in the sense of style, shape, make, in each case of a building or part of a building (Ex 26:30; 1Ki 6:38; Eze 42:11).

(2) Tekhunah = literally, "arrangement," "adjustment" (compare takhan, "to set right," "adjust," from kun, hekhin, "to set up," "establish"); Eze 43:11, "the form of the house, and the fashion thereof." A cognate word in the preceding verse is translated "pattern" (the Revised Version, margin "sum").

(3) Demuth =" resemblance" (from damah, "to be similar"), generally translated "likeness" in English Versions of the Bible, but "fashion" in 2Ki 16:10, where it means pattern or model. The verb "to fashion" stands for

(a) yatsar, "to form," "fashion" (Ps 33:15; 139:16 the King James Version; Isa 22:11 the King James Version; Isa 44:12; 45:9);

(b) ‘asah, "to work," "make," "form" (Job 10:8);

(c) kun, "to set up," "establish," "prepare" (Job 31:15; Ps 119:73; Eze 16:7);

(d) tsur, "to bind up together," "compress" (Ex 32:4, of Aaron fashioning the golden calf out of the golden rings).

In the New Testament, the noun represents 5 Greek words:

(1) Of these, the most interesting is schema, "figure," "shape," "fashion" (from schein, aorist of echein, "to have," compare Latin habitus, from habeo, "I have"). Schema denotes a transient, external semblance or fashion, and so it may be distinguished from its synonym morphe, which denotes the essential intrinsic form of a thing, expressing its real nature. (See Lightfoot, Detached Note on Php 2; Trench, New Testament Syn., 252 ff; Gifford, Incarnation, 22 ff. The distinction is rejected by Meyer, on Ro 12:2, and by others.) In the New Testament, the noun schema occurs but twice: 1Co 7:31, "The fashion of this world passeth away," where there seems to be an allusion to theatrical scenes, which are in their very nature transitory (compare 2 Macc 4:13); and Php 2:8, "being found in fashion as a man," i.e. having the outward figure and bearing of a man, such marks of human nature as strike the senses (contrast morphe Theou, "form of God," Php 2:6, and morphe doulou, "form of servant," 2:7, which describe Christ's real inner nature). The word schema is found in compound verbs in the following passages: Ro 12:2, "Be not fashioned (sunschematizesthe) according to this world: but be ye transformed (metamorphousthe) by the renewing of your mind" (so the Revised Version (British and American)), paraphrased by Sanday and Headlam, "Do not adopt the external and fleeting fashion of this world, but be ye transformed in your inmost nature" (Comm. in the place cited.); 2Co 11:13 f, metaschematizomai, the King James Version "transformed," better the Revised Version (British and American) "fashioned," the reference being to "the fictitious, illusory transformation whereby evil assumes the mask of good" (Lightfoot, Commentary on Phil, 131); 1Pe 1:14, "not fashioning yourselves according to your former lusts," paraphrased by Lightfoot, "not falling in with the capricious guidance of the passions" (same place). In Php 3:21, the adjective summorphos is translated "fashioned" in the King James Version, but better "conformed" as in Revised Version (British and American).

(2) Eioos, eidos, literally, "thing seen," "external appearance," "shape," is translated "fashion" in Lu 9:29, of the glorified appearance of the transfigured Christ.

(3) prosopon, literally, "face," hence, look, appearance, Jas 1:11, "The grace of the fashion of it perisheth."

(4) tupos, type, model, translated "fashion" in Ac 7:44 the King James Version (the Revised Version (British and American) "figure"), the Greek word being taken from the Septuagint of the quoted passage, Ex 25:40. The same phrase, kata ton tupon, in the parallel passage, Heb 8:5, is translated "according to the pattern."

(5) In one instance the phrase "on this fashion," "in this manner," represents the Greek adverb houtos, "thus" (Mr 2:12).

Written by D. Miall Edwards

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
A-1 Noun Strong's Number: g1491 Greek: eidos


"that which is seen, an appearance," is translated "fashion" in Luk 9:29, of the Lord's countenance at the Transfiguration.
See APPEARANCE, and Note under IMAGE, No. 1.

A-2 Noun Strong's Number: g4383 Greek: prosopon


"the face, countenance," is translated "fashion" in Jam 1:11, of the flower of grass.
See COUNTENANCE. Cp. Jam 1:24, "what manner of man," which translates hopoios, "of what sort."

A-3 Noun Strong's Number: g4976 Greek: schema


"a figure, fashion" (akin to echo, "to have"), is translated "fashion" in 1Cr 7:31, of the world, signifying that which comprises the manner of life, actions, etc. of humanity in general; in Phl 2:8 it is used of the Lord in His being found "in fashion" as a man, and signifies what He was in the eyes of men, "the entire outwardly perceptible mode and shape of His existence, just as the preceding words morphe, "form," and homoioma, "likeness," describe what He was in Himself as Man" (Gifford on the Incarnation, p. 44). "Men saw in Christ a human form, bearing, language, action, mode of life... in general the state and relations of a human being, so that in the entire mode of His appearance He made Himself known and was recognized as a man" (Meyer).

A-4 Noun Strong's Number: g5179 Greek: tupos


"a type, figure, example," is translated "fashion" in the AV of Act 7:44, RV, "figure," said of the tabernacle.

B-1 Adverb Strong's Number: g3778 Greek: houtos


"thus, so, in this way," is rendered "on this fashion" in Mar 2:12.

C-1 Verb Strong's Number: g3345 Greek: metaschematizo


"to change in fashion or appearance" (meta, "after," here implying change, schema, see A, No. 3), is rendered "shall fashion anew" in Phl 3:21, RV; AV, "shall change," of the bodies of believers as changed or raised at the Lord's return; in 2Cr 11:13, 14, 15, the RV uses the verb "to fashion oneself," for AV, to transform, of Satan and his human ministers, false apostles; in 1Cr 4:6 it is used by way of a rhetorical device, with the significance of transferring by a figure.

C-2 Verb Strong's Number: g4964 Greek: suschematizo


"to give the same figure or appearance as, to conform to" (sun, "with," schema, cp. No. 1), used in the Passive Voice, signifies "to fashion oneself, to be fashioned," Rom 12:2, RV, "be not fashioned according to," for AV, "be not conformed to;" 1Pe 1:14, "(not) fashioning yourselves."

Note: In Rom 12:2 being outwardly "conformed" to the things of this age is contrasted with being "transformed" (or transfigured) inwardly by the renewal of the thoughts through the Holy Spirit's power. A similar distinction holds good in Phl 3:21; the Lord will "fashion anew," or change outwardly, the body of our humiliation, and "conform" it in its nature (summorphos) to the body of His glory.

D-1 Adjective Strong's Number: g4832 Greek: summorphos


"having like form with" (sun, "with," morphe, "form"), is used in Rom 8:29; Phl 3:21 (AV, "fashioned," RV, "conformed").

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