This Greek word does not mean "Reverence" for one's husband


Slaves obey lords according to the flesh with fear [1]  and trembling
Ephesians 6:5

[1] The Greek word, phobos, [G5401] translated as fear in Ephesians 6:5, is used in the New Testament forty-seven times. It is translated as fear 41 x’s, as terror 3 x’s, as miscellaneous 3 x’s. Not once is the word translated as “reverence for one’s husband,” not once is the word translated as “reverence” for anything. Yet the definition is listed as one of three primary meanings of the word (image below as seen on the complementarian Blue Letter Bible website).

Students of the Bible are being deceived [by respected scholars] at the most basic level when researching simple definitions of Greek and Hebrew words. It is generally acknowledged that, historically, gender bias in Bible translation has been pervasive, but contemporary gender-role-religionists [complementarians] continue the vile tradition, unabated.

In the definition (see above image), notice that “reverence for God” is not listed as one of the main definitions of the word. That is because “reverence” is not a definition of the word, phobos, any where in the Bible! But when it comes to women and wives, scholars feel free to manipulate the texts any way that suits them. And they get away with it. This type of hermeneutical bungee-jumping is systemic. It is practiced in virtually every seminary and Bible college in America. This is reprehensible and unacceptable.

A simple word search reveals that “Reverence for one’s husband” is not a definition of the Greek word, phobos. And contemporary scholars and Bible Colleges should be called to account for their deliberately deceptive perpetuation of gender-biased-role-religionist-theology.

This is an excerpt from The Hungry Hearts Bible Commentary edited by this author.

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