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John 3:16

Discussion in 'Bible Versions & Translations' started by jw, Feb 21, 2006.

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  1. jw

    jw New Member

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    I missed out on the off topic debate on the other thread, thought I would post my two cents.

    "only son" or "unique son" is a better translation than "only begotten son". monogene comes from the root words monos - meaning only, and givomai - meaning to become. It does not come from gevvao - which means to beget.

    This is also the meaning BDAG gives for John 3:16
    Further, if you look at passages that use this same word..

    Abraham had more than one son, but Isaac was a unique or special son.

    This idea is also seen in the LXX in the Psalms..

    The word translated "darling" is monogene.
     
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