Bill Mounce

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Thursday, January 23

Did Cornelius call the angel “God”?

κύριος has a range of meaning from “Lord” (meaning “God”) to “Sir.” Which translation would you choose for Acts 10:4?


¶ "Lord" is just a stumbling block in modern American English religious usage, because it has become Christianese Just go across the sea to Great Britain and you will find a "House of Lords." No one thinks of that as the "House of Gods." See : "Lord is an appellation for a person or deity who has authority, control, or power over others, acting like a master, a chief, or a ruler," or any English dictionary, for that matter. Then check the LSJ, a secular ancient Greek dictionary: , which hardly has any religious references in the definition at all. So, there is nothing wrong with calling the angel "Lord," just a problem with lack of literacy and education in modern America. ¶ Hmm, I'm sure that all Americans will remember that Darth Vader was called "Lord Vader," yet nobody in either the fictional or real audience thought of him as God, either.

After listing to the clip on kurios, I was wondering why the Mounce-NT has also translated the word as Lord and not as Sir as detailed within the NTL (This is not a criticism rather a query).

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