Posted by: Frederick Cornwell Sanders | 2012/02/02

Bible Verses Scripture

Titlepage of the New Testament section of a Ge...
An Engraving for Titlepage of the New Testament, Image via Wikipedia

Jesus often uses the word “scripture” or “scriptures” when He quotes what we now call The Old Testament.   For more detail, I need to go to Strong 1124. There I read, “a document, that is, holy Writ (or its contents or a statement in it): – scripture.”   Since the word, γραφή, graphē, pronounced graf-ay’, has a parent as Strong 1125, this will get me closer to the root meaning. γράφω, graphō, pronounced graf’-o turns out to be a primary verb; to “grave”, especially to write; figuratively to describe: – describe, write (-ing, -ten).   In previous ages, engrave, or write or draw into a surface was a normal practice.   Now, only very expensive printing allows for the luxury of engraving.

Bible‘s etymology is rooted in ancient times.   Review the extensive discussion on etymonline.com for Bible’s word history.

So, in the future, if your see ‘scripture’ used in this blog, it probably means Old Testament verse, sanctioned by Jesus through His quoting of that verse.   Thus, Strong’s “holy writ,” may not be a bad way to refer to Jesus’s quotes from the Old Testament.

As an aside, personally, when I heard the words, “scripture” or “the Scriptures,” I would just cringe as some ‘holy roller’ or ‘bible thumper’ preached (more like yelling) and then pleaded for money.   It did not endear me to evangelistic movements.   Yet, using “scripture” is appropriate when referring to Christ‘s quoting the Old Testament.   For, the scribing or writing the text under the influence of the Holy Spirit is supported in the New Testament.   See the following verses from the King James or Authorized Versions:

  • Romans 15:4  “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
  • Romans 16:26  “But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:”
  • I Corinthians 15:3  “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;”
  • I Corinthians 15:4  “And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
  • II Timothy 3:15  “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
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