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Old & New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #2705 - καταφιλέω
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.
κατα -φιλέω , -ῶ ,
[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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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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