Religious Key Terms in Hellenism and Byzantium: Three Facets
KAHANE, HENRY AND RENEE
Illinois Classical Studies, Vol.12:2 (1987)
In a first, typological, study, we emphasized certain general features inherentinkeyterms. Inwhatfollowsweexemplifyourargumentwith three case histories. These share the linguistic milieu, Christianity in its Greek (or, in one instance, Greco-Latin) expression; and they represent incisive phases of ecclesiastical history which center on language. But the function of language changes from case to case.
The key word of the first account is a powerful term of the Pauline tradition, which, like many lexemes of Western civilization, survived in the language of the Church, yet changed its connotation and had to be “translated” by its exegetes, period after period.