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ELEMENTS, ELEMENTAL SPIRITS

(Greek stoicheia) The basic idea of stoichei is a member in a series. At Hebrews 5:12 the term means basic or fundamental principles of Christian belief. The meaning of the term in other New Testament contexts is disputed. In the Pauline uses (Galatians 4:3,Galatians 4:9; Colossians 2:8,Colossians 2:20) English translations are divided between rudiments, that is, basic principles, (KJV, NAS, NIV) and elementary spirits (NRSV, REB, TEV). At 2 Peter 3:10,2 Peter 3:12 most English translation render stoicheia as elements, that is, component parts. TEV takes the term with the preceding phrase, thus rendering it heavenly bodies.


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Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'ELEMENTS, ELEMENTAL SPIRITS'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<http://classic.studylight.org/dic/hbd/view.cgi?number=T1771>. 1991.

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