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Catherine Osborne

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198267669

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267669.001.0001

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God is Love: The Word Agape in the New Testament

God is Love: The Word Agape in the New Testament

(p.24) 2 God is Love: The Word Agape in the New Testament
Eros Unveiled


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In the Patristic period, the education and background of the writers are reflected in their writings. The same is also true of the New Testament, which was not written in a vacuum. The New Testament writers were writing in Greek and clearly inherited with their Greek language a certain amount of the prevailing Greek culture; but they also came from a background more or less strongly influenced by Semitic languages and styles of thought. Our immediate concern now is not with the overall style or characteristics of the New Testament, but with one particular feature that has been considered significant; that is, the prominence of the noun agape (love). It might seem more plausible to argue that agape appeared in the New Testament because the writers were familiar with the Greek version of the Hebrew Scriptures. However, this also is insufficient to account for the facts.

Keywords:   New Testament, Greek language, culture, agape, love, Hebrew Scriptures

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