|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.