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Old & New Testament Greek

Entry for Strong's #283 - ἀμίαντος

Word Origin:
from (1) (as a negative particle) and a derivative of (3392)
Parts of Speech:
Word Definition  [ Thayer's | Strong's ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. not defiled, unsoiled
    1. free from that by which the nature of a thing is deformed and debased, or its force and vigour impaired
Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

ἀμίαντος, ον,


1. undefiled, pure, ὕδωρ Thgn. 447; φάος Pi. Fr. 142; αἰθήρ B. 3.86; A. Pers. 578 calls the sea ἡ ἀμίαντος; ἀ. τοῦ ἀνοσίου πέρι free from stain of ungodliness, Pl. Lg. 777d; περὶ τῶν ὁσιωτάτων Epicur. Nat. 15.34; γάμοι οἱ ἀ. Epigr.Gr. 204.13 (Cnidos), cf..Hebrews 13:4; τόπος LXX 2 Maccabees 15:34; κληρονομία 1 Peter 1:4.

2. not to be defiled, D.H. 2.75.

II ὁ ἀ. λίθος asbestos, Arist. Fr. 495, Dsc. 5.138, Plin. HN 36.139.

Thayer's Expanded Definition
 ἀμίαντος, (μιαίνω), "not defiled, unsoiled; free from that by which the nature of a thing is deformed and debased, or its force and vigor impaired": καίτη pure, free from adultery, Hebrews 13:4; κληρονομία (without defect), 1 Peter 1:4; θρησκεία, James 1:27; pure from sin, Hebrews 7:26. (Also in the Greek writings; in an ethical sense, Plato, legg. 6, p. 777e.; Plutarch, Periel. e. 39 βίος καθαρός καί ἀμίαντος.)

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

The use of the word in the NT is probably to be traced to the LXX, rather than to the influence of the mystery religions as Perdelwitz (Die Mysterienreligion und das Problem des 1. Petrusbriefes, Giessen, 1911, pp. 45–50) ingeniously suggests, contrasting the ἀμίαντος inheritance of the Christian with the blood-stained Himmelskleid, with which the initiate is robed as he ascends from the grave in the Taurobolium.

A new literary citation for this word may be given from the Bacchylides papyrus, iii. 86, βαθὺς μὲν αἰθὴρ ἀμίαντος, where Jebb translates ";the depths of air receive no taint.";


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