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Strong's #1990 - ἐπιστήμων

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  1. intelligent, experienced, one having the knowledge of an expert
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Strong #: 995 ‑ בִּין (bene);  3045 ‑ יָדַע (yaw‑dah');  7919 ‑ שָׂכַל (saw‑kal');  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

ἐπιστήμ-ων, ον,

gen. ονος, (ἐπίσταμαι)


1. knowing, wise, prudent, ἐ. βουλῇ τε νόῳ τε Od. 16.374; ἄρχοντες X. Oec. 21.5; ἐπιστήμων γὰρ εἶ, = ἐπίστασαι γάρ, E. Supp. 843.

2.. acquainted with a thing, skilled or versed in, c. gen., κακῶν S. Fr. 589; τῆς θαλάσσης, τοῦ ναυτικοῦ, Th. 1.142, 8.45; τῆς τέχνης Pl. Grg. 448b; τῶν τόπων POxy. 1469.12 (iii A.D.); also περί τινος or τι, Pl. R. 599b, SIsa 389e: with neut. Adj., τὰ προσήκοντα ἐπιστήμων X. Cyr. 3.3.9, cf. Oec. 2.16 (Sup.).

3.. c. inf., knowing how, λέγειν τε καὶ σιγᾶν Pl. Phdr. 276a, cf. X. Oec. 19.16: Comp. -ονέστερος Pl. Chrm. 174a. Adv. Comp. -ονέστερον X. Oec. 3.14: Sup. -ονέστατα Pl. R. 534d.

II. possessed of perfect knowledge, Id. Plt. 301b, etc.; opp. δοξαστής, τινός Id. Tht. 208e, in Arist., scientifically versed in a thing, AP 0.74b28, Cat. 11a33. Adv. -ονως, ἔχειν πρός τι Pl. Sph. 233c: λέγειν with science, with art, Id. Tht. 207b; εἰπεῖν use technical or scientific terminology, Aristid. Or. 26(14).97.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ἐπιστήμων, ἐπιστημον, genitive ἐπιστημονος, (ἐπίσταμαι), intelligent, experienced (especially one having the knowledge of an expert; cf. Schmidt, chapter 13 §§ 10, 13): James 3:13. (From Homer down; the Sept..)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

ἐπιστήμων , -ον , gen., -ονoς

(ἐπίσταμαι ),

[in LXX: Deuteronomy 1:13; Deuteronomy 4:6, Isaiah 5:21 (H995 ni.), 1 Esdras 8:44, Sirach 10:25; Sirach 21:15, etc.;]

knowing, skilled: James 3:13.†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

For this adj. (James 3:13, cf. Deuteronomy 1:13; Deuteronomy 4:6), which carries with it a certain idea of ";expert"; knowledge, see P Oxy XII. 1469.12 (A.D. 298) ἀεὶ γὰρ ὁ δημόσιος γ [εω ]μέτρης ἐπιστήμων ὢν τῶν τόπω [ν ] αὐτ ̣ω ̣̑ν κτλ., and cf. the use of the subst. in P Fay 106.22 (c. A.D. 140) οἱ τὴν ἰατρικὴν ἐπιστή [μην ] μεταχειριζόμενοι, ";those practising the profession of physician,"; P Oxy VI. 896.5 (A.D. 316) ζωγράφου τὴν ἐπιστήμην, ";a painter by profession."; In Vett. Val. p. 211.18 τὸ γὰρ θεῖον βουληθὲν προγινώσκειν ἀνθρώπους τὰ μέλλοντα εἰς φῶς προήγαγε τὴν ἐπιστήμην, δἰ ἧς τὸ καθ᾽ αὑτὸν ἕκαστος προγινώσκων εὐθυμότερος μὲν πρὸς τὸ ἀγαθόν, the editor defines ἐπιστήμη as ";mathesis."; The noun survives in MGr = ";knowledge,"; ";science.";


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List of Word Forms
επιστήμονας επιστήμονες επιστημων επιστήμων ἐπιστήμων επιστήριγμά epistemon epistēmōn epistḗmon epistḗmōn
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