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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Province

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1: ἐπαρχεία
(Strong's #1885 — Noun Feminine — eparcheia[-ia] — ep-ar-khee'-ah )

was a technical term for the administrative divisions of the Roman Empire. The original meaning was the district within which a magistrate, whether consul or pretor, exercised supreme authority. The word provincia acquired its later meaning when Sardinia and Sicily were added to the Roman territories, 227 B.C. On the establishment of the empire the proconsular power over all "provinces" was vested in the emperor. Two "provinces," Asia and Africa, were consular, i.e., held by ex-consuls; the rest were praetorian. Certain small "provinces," e.g. Judea and Cappadocia, were governed by procurators. They were usually districts recently added to the empire and not thoroughly Romanized. Judea was so governed in the intervals between the rule of native kings; ultimately it was incorporated in the "province" of Syria. The "province" mentioned in Acts 23:34 ; 25:1 was assigned to the jurisdiction of an eparchos, "a prefect or governor" (cp. GOVERNOR, POCONSUL). In the Sept., Esther 4:11 .

2: κανών
(Strong's #2583 — Noun Masculine — kanon — kan-ohn' )

originally denoted "a straight rod," used as a ruler or measuring instrument, or, in rare instances, "the beam of a balance," the secondary notion being either (a) of keeping anything straight, as of a rod used in weaving, or (b) of testing straightness, as a carpenter's rule; hence its metaphorical use to express what serves "to measure or determine" anything. By a common transition in the meaning of words, "that which measures," was used for "what was measured;" thus a certain space at Olympia was called a kanon. So in music, a canon is a composition in which a given melody is the model for the formation of all the parts. In general the word thus came to serve for anything regulating the actions of men, as a standard or principle. In Galatians 6:16 , those who "walk by this rule (kanon)" are those who make what is stated in Galatians 6:14,15 their guiding line in the matter of salvation through faith in Christ alone, apart from works, whether following the principle themselves or teaching it to others. In 2 Corinthians 10:13,15,16 , it is translated "province," RV (AV, "rule" and "line of things;" marg., "line;" RV marg., "limit" or "measuring rod.") Here it signifies the limits of the responsibility in gospel service as measured and appointed by God.


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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Province'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ved/p/province.html. 1940.

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Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019
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