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Entry for Strong's #2776 - κεφαλή

Transliteration
kephalḗ
Phonetics
kef-al-ay'  
Word Origin
from the primary kapto (in the sense of seizing)
Parts of Speech
Noun Feminine
TDNT
3:673,429
Word Definition [ Thayer | Strong | Mounce ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. the head, both of men and often of animals. Since the loss of the head destroys life, this word is used in the phrases relating to capital and extreme punishment.
  2. metaph. anything supreme, chief, prominent
    1. of persons, master lord: of a husband in relation to his wife
    2. of Christ: the Lord of the husband and of the Church
    3. of things: the corner stone
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 1538 ‑ גֻּלְגֹּלֶת (gul‑go'‑leth);  4763 ‑ מְרַאֲשׁוֹת (mer‑ah‑ash‑aw');  5315 ‑ נֶפֶשׁ (neh'‑fesh);  6936 ‑ קָדְקֹד (kod‑kode');  7161 ‑ קֶרֶן (keh'‑ren);  7218 ‑ רֹאשׁ (roshe);  
Frequency Lists  [ Book | Word | Parsing ]
Verse Results
KJV (76) NAS (75) HCS (75)
Matthew 12
Mark 8
Luke 8
John 5
Acts 5
Romans 1
1 Corinthians 6
Ephesians 3
Colossians 3
1 Peter 1
Revelation 16
Matthew 12
Mark 8
Luke 7
John 5
Acts 5
Romans 1
1 Corinthians 6
Ephesians 3
Colossians 3
1 Peter 1
Revelation 16
Matthew 12
Mark 8
Luke 7
John 5
Acts 5
Romans 1
1 Corinthians 10
Ephesians 4
Colossians 3
1 Peter 1
Revelation 19
BYZ TIS TR
N-APF 13
N-ASF 30
N-DSF 4
N-GPF 1
N-GSF 14
N-NPF 3
N-NSF 11
N-APF 13
N-ASF 30
N-DSF 4
N-GPF 1
N-GSF 13
N-NPF 3
N-NSF 11
N-APF 13
N-ASF 30
N-DSF 4
N-GPF 1
N-GSF 14
N-NPF 3
N-NSF 11
NA WH
N-APF 13
N-ASF 27
N-DSF 4
N-GPF 1
N-GSF 15
N-NPF 3
N-NSF 11
T-ASF 1
N-APF 13
N-ASF 29
N-DSF 4
N-GPF 1
N-GSF 16
N-NPF 3
N-NSF 14


Thayer's Expanded Definition
 κεφαλή, κεφαλῆς, , the Sept. for רֹאשׁ; the head, both of men: Matthew 5:36; Mark 6:24; Luke 7:38,44 ( Rec.),46; John 13:9; Acts 18:18; 1 Corinthians 11:4; Revelation 1:14; Revelation 4:4, and often; and of animals: Revelation 9:7,17, 19, etc.; on the phrases κλίνειν τήν κεφαλήν, ἐπαίρειν τήν κεφαλήν, see κλίνω, 1and ἐπαίρω; on the saying in Romans 12:20, see under ἄνθραξ. Since the loss of the head destroys the life, κεφαλή is used in phrases relating to capital and extreme punishments: so in τό αἷμα ὑμῶν ἐπί τήν κεφαλήν ὑμῶν (see αἷμα, 2a., p. 15{b}), Acts 18:6, and similar phrases in classical Greek; see Passow, under the word, p. 1717{a}; Pape under the word, 3; (Liddell and Scott, under the word, I:3,4). Metaphorically, anything supreme, chief, prominent; of persons, master, lord: τίνος, of a husband in relation to his wife, 1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 5:23; of Christ, the lord of the husband, 1 Corinthians 11:3 (cf. Buttmann, 124 f (109)); of the church, Ephesians 4:15; Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 2:19 (cf. Buttmann, § 143,4c.); τοῦ σώματος τῆς ἐκκλησίας, Colossians 1:18; πάσης ἀρχῆς καί ἐξουσίας, Colossians 2:10; so Judges 11:11; 2 Samuel 22:44, and in Byzantine writings of things: κεφαλῆς γωνίας, the corner-stone, see γωνία, a. ((From Homer down.))

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

κεφαλή , -ῆς , ,

[in LXX nearly always for H7218;]

the head: Matthew 5:35, Mark 6:24, Revelation 1:14; Revelation 9:7, al. mult.; fig., ἄνθρακες ἐπὶ τὴν κ ., Romans 12:20 (LXX); αἷμι , Acts 18:6; metaph., of a husband, c. gen., 1 Corinthians 1:13, Ephesians 5:23; of Christ, 1 Corinthians 11:3, Ephesians 4:15; Ephesians 5:23, Colossians 1:18; Colossians 2:10; Colossians 2:19; of things, κ . γωνίας , Matthew 21:42 (LXX).


Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
Copyright © 1922 by G. Abbott-Smith, D.D., D.C.L.. T & T Clarke, London.
Vocabulary of the Greek NT

For the literal sense of κεφαλή it is sufficient to quote PSI V. 455.12 (A.D. 178) ἐφῖδον τοῦτον. . . ἔχοντα ἐπὶ τῆς κεφαλῆς τραύματα τρία, and P Lond 47.8 (ii/A.D.) (= I. p. 81) κεφαλὴν κομόωσαν ἐθείραις. Cf. also P Par 574.1226 (iiil/A.D.) (= Selections, p. 113) λόγος λεγόμενος ἐπὶ τῆς κεφαλῆς αὐτοῦ, ";an invocation to be uttered over the head (of the possessed one),"; and the Christian amulet BGU III. 954.6 (vi/A.D.) (= Selections, p. 133) κλίνω τὴν κεφαλήν [μο ]υ κα <τ >ενώπιόν σου. With Acts 18:6 we may compare BGU IV. 1024iv. 17 (end of iv/A.D.) ἐκδέξι το [ίνυν ] τὴην (l. τὴν) ἕως κεφ [αλῆ ]ς τ [ι ]μωρῖαν, and to McNeile’s ren–dering of Matthew 21:42 κεφαλὴν γωνίας, ";the furthest extremity (not ‘the top’) of the corner,"; a certain support is given by P Flor I. 50.83 (A.D. 268) ἐπ᾽ ἀπηλ ̣ι ̣ωτικῆ [ς κε ]φαλῆς πρώτης μερίδος, apparently = ";at the eastern extremity of the first division."; In P Oxy II. 273.18 (A.D. 95) κεφαλή is used of the ";whole amount"; of land that was being ceded; in Michel 588.16 (2nd half ii/B.C.) of ";the total expenditure";; and in Vett. Val. pp. 74.7, 292.11, .13, κεφαλὴ μεγάλη = πρόσωπον. The late P Lond 1075.19 (vii/A.D.) (= III. p. 82) gives us ἀνεγκἑφαλος used figuratively like our ";brainless,"; and an imprecatory tablet from Palestine (Bliss and Macalister Excavations in Palestine, 1902, p. 174, No. 34.8) shows a man calling down punishment on another—διὰ τὸ κεφαιλαλγεῖν με, ";because I am suffering from headache.";

 

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List of Word Forms
κεφαλαι κεφαλαί κεφαλαὶ κεφαλαίς κεφαλας κεφαλάς κεφαλὰς κεφαλη κεφαλή κεφαλὴ κεφαλῇ κεφαλην κεφαλήν κεφαλὴν κεφαλης κεφαλής κεφαλῆς κεφαλων κεφαλών κεφαλῶν kephalai kephalaì kephalas kephalás kephalàs kephale kephalē kephalḗ kephalḕ kephalêi kephalē̂i kephalen kephalēn kephalḗn kephalḕn kephales kephalês kephalēs kephalē̂s kephalon kephalôn kephalōn kephalō̂n

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