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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words


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1: παράδοσις

(Strong's #3862 — Noun Feminine — paradosis — par-ad'-os-is )

"a handing down or on" (akin to paradidomi, "to hand over, deliver"), denotes "a tradition," and hence, by metonymy, (a) "the teachings of the rabbis," interpretations of the Law, which was thereby made void in practice, Matthew 15:2,3,6; Mark 7:3,5,8,9,13; Galatians 1:14; Colossians 2:8; (b) of "apostolic teaching," 1 Corinthians 11:2 , RV, "traditions" (AV, "ordinances"), of instructions concerning the gatherings of believers (instructions of wider scope than ordinances in the limited sense); in 2 Thessalonians 2:15 , of Christian doctrine in general, where the Apostle's use of the word constitutes a denial that what he preached originated with himself, and a claim for its Divine authority (cp. paralambano, "to receive," 1 Corinthians 11:23; 15:3 ); in 2 Thessalonians 3:6 , it is used of instructions concerning everyday conduct.

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Tradition'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. 1940.

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