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'Thickly studded with rugged forceful words taken from the popular
idiom, it is perhaps the most brilliant example of the artless, though
not inartistic colloquial prose of a travelled city resident of the
Roman Empire, its wonderful flexibility making it just the very Greek
for use in a mission to all the world'.
The discovery of the papyri is a providential answer to the prayer of Bishop
Lightfoot who said:
'If we could only recover letters that ordinary people wrote to each
other without any thought of being literary, we should have the
greatest possible help for the understanding of the language of the New
Hebrews 11:1 which says, 'Faith is the substance of things hoped for' uses a
word hypostasis, and from the papyri we learn that this word referred to the
'title deeds' of a property, a pointed and apt reference, especially with the
unseen yet very real Heavenly City in view.
Paregoreite 'comfort', (from the word paregoria, used by Paul in
Colossians 4:11), is a term used in medical language in the sense of
'alleviation' and retained to the present time in the name of the drug
Parousia ('Coming' Matt. 24:3). In the papyri parousia has become a
technical term denoting the visit of a royal personage. We cannot, however,
reproduce here the lists of words that shine with intenser light since the
common meaning has been discovered in these ancient papyrus letters and
documents; they are too numerous. All we can do is to acquaint the reader
with the fact of their evidence, and to refer him to the writings of those
who have given this great subject a careful study.
Light from the Ancient East and Bible Studies (Deissmann).
Greek Papyri (G. Milligan).
From Egyptian Rubbish Heaps (Moulton).
These volumes will provide a good basis upon which the reader can
build, as richer and fuller finds are made public. In closing let us say
that any attempt to translate the Greek of the New Testament which ignores
the aid thus so providentially preserved is not only unwise but unmoral.
Paradise. Contrary to popular teaching, Paradise has nothing to do with
heaven. It is the name given to 'a garden planted with trees'. The word has
come through the Greek from the ancient Sanscrit. Socrates says that the
king of Persia, wherever he is, takes particular care 'to have gardens and
enclosures, which are called paradises, full of everything beautiful and good
that the earth can produce'. The original Persian word pardes occurs in
Nehemiah 2:8; Ecclesiastes 2:5 and Song of Solomon 4:13. The LXX almost
constantly renders the Hebrew gan 'garden' when it relates to the garden of
Eden by paradeisos. Such is the language and testimony of Holy Writ. We
have to go to Josephus and to Rabbinical tradition to discover that Paradise
is a place for the intermediate state 'and that under the earth there will be
rewards or punishment', although even Josephus in the opening of his
Antiquities uses the word 'paradise' for the Garden of Eden.
In the opening chapters of the Bible we have Paradise lost (Gen. 3),
and in the closing chapters we find Paradise restored (Rev. 22). To this,