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Old & New Testament Greek

Entry for Strong's #959 - Βερνίκη

Word Origin:
from a provincial form of (5342) and (3529)
Parts of Speech:
Noun Feminine
Word Definition  [ Thayer | Strong | Mounce ]
Thayer's Definition
Bernice = "bring victory"
  1. the eldest daughter of Herod Agrippa I. Acts 12:1
Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


From a provincial form of G5342 and G3529

Thayer's Expanded Definition
 Βερνίκη, Βερνίκης, (for Βερενικη, and this the Macedonic form (cf. Sturz, De dial. Mac., p. 31) of Φερενικη (i. e. victorious)), Bernice or Berenice, daughter of Herod Agrippa the elder. She married first her uncle Herod, king of Chalcis, and after his death Polemon, king of Cilicia. Deserting him soon afterward, she returned to her brother Agrippa, with whom previously when a widow she was said to have lived incestuously. Finally she became for a tithe the mistress of the emperor Titus ( Josephus, Antiquities 19,5, 1; 20,7, 1,3; Tacitus, hist. 2,2,81; Suetonius, Titus 7): Acts 25:13,23; Acts 26:30. Cf. Hausrath in Schenkel i., p. 396f; (Farrar, St. Paul, ii. 599f).

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament


(elsewhere Βερενίκη ,

Macedonian form of Φερενίκη , cf. Veronica, Victoria), -ης , ή ,

Bernice, Berenice, daughter of Herod Agrippa I: Acts 25:13; Acts 25:23; Acts 26:30

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

This form, for the more usual Βερενίκη , is read by Wilcken (Add. et Corr. p. xi) in P Petr III. 1ii. 7 (B.C. 236) μητρ [ὸς θ ]εῶν Βερνείκης . Mayser Gr. p. 146 compares also Βερνικίω (νι ) in P Tebt I. 120.132 (B.C. 97 or 64). Add P Tebt II. 407.14 (A.D. 199) Βερνίκῃ Διδύμου γυναικί μου χαίρειν , and for the full form Preisigke 307 (Ptolemaic) βασίλισ ]σα Βερενίκη , ib. 438 (do.) Λίβυς Διονυσίου Νειλεὺς καὶ Βερενίκη ἡ γυνή , P Grenf I. 24.3 (B.C. 146–17) Βερενείκης εὐεργετίδ [ος . The shortened form is a good example of a phonetic principle working in Κοινή Greek, discovered by Kretschmer, by which an unaccented vowel tends to fall out after a liquid or nasal if the same vowel occurred in the neighbouring syllable (σκόρδον for σκόροδον , etc.).



The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament.
Copyright © 1914, 1929, 1930 by James Hope Moulton and George Milligan. Hodder and Stoughton, London.
Derivative Copyright © 2015 by Allan Loder.
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Βερνικη Βερνίκη Βερνικης Βερνίκης Bernike Bernikē Berníke Berníkē Bernikes Bernikēs Berníkes Berníkēs

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