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Strong's #1479 - ἐθελοθρησκεία

from (G2309) and (G2356)
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feminine noun
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  1. voluntary, arbitrary worship
    1. worship which one prescribes and devises for himself, contrary to the contents and nature of faith which ought to be directed to Christ
    2. said of the misdirected zeal and the practice of ascetics
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ASV (1)
Colossians 1
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Colossians 1
CSB (1)
Colossians 1
ESV (1)
Colossians 1
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Colossians 1
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Colossians 2
N95 (2)
Colossians 2
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Colossians 2
NLT (1)
Colossians 1
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Colossians 1
YLT (1)
Colossians 1
Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

ἐθελο-θρησκεία, ἡ,

will-worship, self-chosen service, Colossians 2:23.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ἐθελοθρησκεία (T WH ἐθελοθρησκία, see Iota), ἐθελοθρησκειας, (from ἐθέλω and θρησκεία, which see (cf. Winers Grammar, 100 (95))), voluntary, arbitrary worship, (Vulg. superstitio) (A. V. will-worship), i. e. worship which one devises and prescribes for himself, contrary to the contents and nature of the faith which ought to be directed to Christ; said of the misdirected zeal and practices of ascetics: Colossians 2:23; Suidas ἐθελοθρησκει. ἰδίῳ θελήματι σεβει τό δοκοῦν. Cf. ἐθελόδουλος, ἐθελοδουλεία, ἐθελοπρόξενος, one who acts the part of aproxenus without having been appointed to the office, etc. The explanation of others: simulated, counterfeit religion (cf. in Greek lexicons, ἐθελοφιλοσοφος, ἐθελοκωφος, etc.), does not square so well with the context. (The word is found besides in Mansi, Collect. Concil. vol. iv., p. 1380, and in Theodoret, vol. iv., epistle clxi., p. (1460 b., Migne edition) 1831, Halle edition; (Eusebius, h. e. 6, 12, 1; Jerome, epistle 121, vol. 1,1031, Migne edition). Epiphanius haer. 1, 16 (i., p. 318, 3rd edition, Dindorf) attributes ἐθελοπερισσοθρησκεια to the Pharisees.)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

*† ἐθελο -θρησκία

(Rec. -εία ), -ας , ,

self-imposed worship: Colossians 2:23 (eccl.; cf. DB, iv, 923a; Cremer, 733).†

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

Apparently a Pauline coinage (Colossians 2:23) on the analogy of ἐθελοδουλεία : see Nägeli, p. 51 for other examples of new Christian word-formations, and cf. ἐθελοταπεινοφροσύνη, which Hort would restore in Colossians 2:18 for the almost unintelligible θέλων ἐν ταπεινοφροσύνῃ. See Moulton Gr. ii. § 108 B.


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.
List of Word Forms
εθελοθρησκεία εθελοθρησκια ἐθελοθρησκίᾳ εθισμόν ethelothreskia ethelothrēskia ethelothreskíāi ethelothrēskíāi
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