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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Sect

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1: αἵρεσις
(Strong's #139 — Noun Feminine — hairesis — hah'ee-res-is )

"a choosing," is translated "sect" throughout the Acts, except in 24:14, AV, "heresy" (RV, "sect"); it properly denotes a predilection either for a particular truth, or for a perversion of one, generally with the expectation of personal advantage; hence, a division and the formation of a party or "sect" in contrast to the uniting power of "the truth," held in toto; "a sect" is a division developed and brought to an issue; the order "divisions, heresies" (marg. "parties") in "the works of the flesh" in Galatians 5:19-21 is suggestive of this. See HERESY.


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

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