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Strong's #2705 - καταφιλέω

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of Latin origin
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  1. to kiss much, kiss again and again, kiss tenderly
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Strong #: 5401 ‑ נָשַׁק (naw‑shak');  7812 ‑ שָׁחָה (shaw‑khaw');  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


kiss, caress, δίφρον X. Cyr. 6.4.10; χεῖρας καὶ πόδας τινός ib. 7.5.32, cf. Men. Epit. 56, Arr. Epict. 4.10.20; τοὺς μὲν καλοὺς φιλήσοντος, τοὺς δ' ἀγαθοὺς καταφ. X. Mem. 2.6.33, cf. Arist. Fr. 553, LXX Ruth 1:9, Matthew 26:49; dist. from φιλεῖν, Ph. 1.478; esp. of an amorous kiss. Luc. Am. 13.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

καταφιλέω, καταφίλω; imperfect κατεφίλουν; 1 aorist κατεφίλησα; to kiss much, kiss again and again, kiss tenderly (Latindeosculor, etc.): τινα, Matthew 26:49; Mark 14:45; Luke 7:38, 45; Luke 15:20; Acts 20:37. (Tobit 7:6; 3Macc. 5:49; Xenophon, Cyril 6, 4,10; 7, 5, 32; Polybius 15, 1, 7; Josephus, Antiquities 7, 11, 7; Aelian v. h. 13, 4; Plutarch, Brut. 16; Lucian, dial. deor. 4, 5; 5, 3; φιλεῖν and καταφίλειν are distinguished in Xenophon, mem. 2, 6, 33; Plutarch, Alex c. 67. The Sept. for נָשַׁק, properly, to join mouth to mouth.) Cf: Fritzsche on Matthew, p. 780; Winer's De verb. comp. etc. Part ii., p. 18, note{21}.

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

κατα -φιλέω , - ,

[in LXX chiefly for H5401;]

to kiss fervently, kiss affectionately: Matthew 26:49, Mark 14:45, Luke 7:38; Luke 7:45; Luke 15:20, Acts 20:37.†

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

A new ex. of this compound occurs in the Alexandrian Erotic Fragment P Grenf I. 1.3 (ii/ B.C.) quoted s.v. καταλείπω ad fin . Both this passage and more particularly Epict. iv. 10. 20 ἀγρυπνῆσαί σε δεῖ, περιδραμεῖν, τὰς χεῖρας καταφιλῆσαι, ";thou must watch, run about, kiss hands,"; where, as Sharp (Epict. p.104) says, stress is laid ";not on kissing fervently, but on the very fact of kissing at all,"; make the RV marg. of Matthew 26:49, al., very doubtful : cf. also Mithrasliturgic (ed. Dieterich) p. 14.23 καταφιλῶν πάλιν τὰ φυλακτήρια καὶ λέγων κτλ., with reference to a spell. On the other hand Menandrea p. 11.56 λαμβάνων μου κατεφίλει | τὰς χεῖρας, ";he caught and kissed my hands";—of one in a passion of gratitude. See Anz Subsidia, p. 334.


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List of Word Forms
καταφιλήσαι καταφιλήσας καταφιλήσω καταφιλουσα καταφιλούσά καταφιλοῦσά καταφλεγήσεται καταφλέγον κατάφοβοι κατεφιλει κατεφίλει κατεφίλησαν κατεφίλησε κατεφιλησεν κατεφίλησεν κατεφιλουν κατεφίλουν κατέφλεξεν kataphilousa kataphiloûsá katephilei katephílei katephilesen katephilēsen katephílesen katephílēsen katephiloun katephíloun
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