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Strong's #2477 - ἱστορέω

from a derivative of (G1492)
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  1. to enquire into, examine, investigate
  2. to find out, learn, by enquiry
  3. to gain knowledge of by visiting
    1. of some distinguished person, to become personally acquainted with, know face to face
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Galatians 2
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions




1. inquire into or about a thing, τι Hdt. 2.113, A. Pr. 632, etc.; περί τινος Plb. 3.48.12; also, inquire about a person, τινα S. OT 1150, 1156; ὅδ' εἴμ' Ὀρέστης.. ὃν ἱστορεῖς E. Or. 380, cf. Tr. 261: folld. by relat. clause, Αἴγισθον ἔνθ' ᾤκηκεν ἱστορῶ S. El. 1101.

2. examine, observe, χώραν, πόλιν, Plu. Thes. 30, Pomp. 40, cf. J. AJ 1.11.4; τὴν τοῦ Μέμνονος [σύριγγα ] OGI 694.7; τὴν σύνεσίν τινος Plu. Cic. 2, etc.; τινὰς ἀπολουμένους Gal. 11.109: hence, to be informed about, know, κακῶς τὸ μέλλον ἱστορῶν A. Pers. 454; πατέρα ἱστορεῖς καλῶς Id. Eu. 455, cf. Hp. Praec. 12: metaph., εἴ τις ἀκτὶς ἡλίου νιν ἱστορεῖ βλέποντα has news of him, A. Ag. 676: folld. by relat., τὴν πορείαν ἱστορῶν, ὡς δυσδίοδος ὑπάρχει Plb. 3.61.3; read in history, Id. 1.63.7.

3. c. acc. pers., inquire of, ask, ἱστορέων αὐτοὺς ἥντινα δύναμιν ἔχει ὁ Νεῖλος Hdt. 2.19, cf. 3.77; inquire of an oracle, E. Ion 1547; visit a person for the purpose of inquiry, Κηφᾶν Galatians 1:18 : Pass., to be questioned, κληθέντας ἱστορέεσθαι εἰ.. Hdt. 1.24; ἱστορούμενος S. Tr. 415, E. Hel. 1371. c. dupl.acc., inquire of one about a thing, τί μ' ἱστορεῖς τόδε Id. Ph. 621, cf. Lyc. 1.

4. abs., inquire, ἀκοῆ ἱ. Hdt. 2.29, etc.; esp. in part., ἱστορέων εὕρισκε Id. 1.56, etc.; οὔθ' ὁρῶν οὔθ' ἱστορῶν S. OT 1484; folld. by a relat. word, ἱστόρεόν τε ὅτεῳ τρόπῳ περιγένοιτο Hdt. 1.122.

II give an account of what one has learnt, record, τοὺς βίους τῶν χερσαίων Thphr. HP 4.13.1, cf. Luc. Hist.Conscr. 7, etc.; ἱστοροῦσί τινες.. it is stated that.., Dsc. 4.75, etc.: freq. in Pass., ὁ καρπὸς.. ἐπιλημπτικοὺς ἱστορεῖται ὠφελεῖν Id. 1.83; περί τινος ἱστορεῖται διότι Phld. Mus. p.18K.; ἱστορεῖται περὶ Γοργοῦς τοιοῦτον Plu. 2.227e, cf. Id. Cic. 1, Ael. Tact. 34.3, etc.; Ἀπολλόδωρος εἴρηκεν ἀπελθόντας Ὕαντας ἱστορεῖσθαι are represented as having gone, Str. 10.3.4; τῶν ἱστορουμένων οὐδενὸς ἧττον πολυπράγμων the most in dustrious person on record, Phld. Mus. p.108K.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ἱστορέω: 1 aorist infinitive ἱστορῆσαι; (ἴστωρ (allied with οἶδα (ἱστῶ), videre (visus), etc.; Curtius, § 282), ἱστορος, one that has inquired into, knowing, skilled in); from Aeschylus and Herodotus down;

1. to inquire into, examine, investigate.

2. to find out, learn, by inquiry.

3. to gain knowledge of by visiting: something (worthy of being seen), τήν χώραν, Plutarch, Thes. 30; Pomp. 40; τινα, some distinguished person, to become personally acquainted with, know face to face: Galatians 1:18; so too in Josephus, Antiquities 1, 11, 4; b. j. 6, 1, 8 and often in the Clement. homilies; cf. Hilgenfeld, Galaterbrief, p. 122 note; (Ellicott on Galatians, the passage cited).

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

** ἱστορέω , -

(< ἵστωρ , one learned or skilled in),

[in LXX: 1 Esdras 1:33; 1 Esdras 1:42 *;]

1. c. acc rei, to inquire into, learn by inquiry.

2. C. acc pers., to inquire of or about.

3. to narrate, record.

4. In late writers, to visit, become acquainted with: Galatians 1:18 (v. Ellic., in l, and cf. MM, Exp., xv).†

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

The only NT sense of this word = ";visit"; (Galatians 1:18) is paralleled in the interesting scrap of a traveller’s letter P Lond 854.5 (i/ii A.D.) (= III. p. 206, Selections, p. 70) ἵνα τὰς χε [ι ]ρ ̣ο ̣π ̣[οι ] [τους τέ ]χνας ἱστορήσωσι : cf. .10 εὔτομα (l. εὔστομα) ἱστόρ [η ]σα ̣. It is used often thus (= inspicio) in the inscrr. e.g. OG1S 694 (Rom.) Ἑρμογένης Ἀμασ [εὺ ]ς [τὰς ] μὲν ἄλλας σύρινγας ἰδὼν ἐθαύμασα, τὴν δὲ τοῦ Μέμνονος ταύτην εἱστορήσας ὑπερεθαύμασα, and in the wall-scratchings of visitors to the royal tombs at Thebes, e.g. Preisigke 1004 (Rom.) Ἰούλιος Δημήτριος χειλίαρχος ἱστορήσας ἐθαύμασα : cf. also the Theban inscr., Kaibel 1020—

Τατιανὸς ἡγεμὼν Θηβάιδος ἱστορήσα [ς ] ἐθαύμασεν

τὸ θαῦ [μα ξ ]υνὸν τῶν σοφῶν Αἰγυπ [τί ]ων.

For the verb = ";relate,"; see BGU IV. 1208.5 (B.C. 27–6) πιττάκ ]ιον, δι᾽ οὗ [μοι ] ἱστορεῖς τὴν [Καλατύ ]τεως πλ ̣[άν ]ην, P Oxy VII. 1027.11 (i/A.D.) ὑπόμνημα. . . δι᾽ οὗ ματαίως εἱστορεῖ περί τε τοῦ ἀγνοεῖν α [ ]τὸν τὴν τῶν ἐμοὶ γενη [μένων ] (l. γεγενη [μένων ]) ἀσφαλιῶν θέσιν, ";a memorandum wherein he vainly relates that he was ignorant of the securities which had been given to me"; (Ed.) : cf. the use of the compound συνιστορέω in BGU IV. 1141.49 (B.C. 14), PSI I. 64.21 (i/B.C. ?) al The subst. ἱστορία, which survives in MGr = ";narrative,"; ";history,"; may be illustrated from OGIS 13.12 ( c. B.C. 300–290), where the Prienians are represented as establishing their possession of a certain district—ἔκ τε τῶν ἱστοριῶν κ [αὶ ἐκ τῶν ἄλ ]λων μαρτυριῶν. For its use in Byzantine literature = ";painting,"; owing to the development of picture histories, see Birt Buchrolle, p. 307 f.


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List of Word Forms
ιστόν ιστορησαι ιστορήσαι ἱστορῆσαι ιστός ισχίων ισχνόφωνος ισχνόφωνός historesai historêsai historēsai historē̂sai istoresai istorēsai
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