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Old & New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #3011 - λειτουργός
I one who performed a λειτουργία (q.v.), POxy. 82.3 (iii A.D.), etc.; λ. τῶν ἐν παισὶ λειτουργιῶν CIG 2881.13, cf. 2882, 2886 (Branchidae).
1. public servant, ἡ στάσις τῶν λ. [τοῦ Σαλομῶνος ] LXX 1 Kings 10:5; of workmen, carpenters, etc., οἰκοδόμοι καὶ λ. PPetr. 3p.139 (iii B.C.), cf. Plb. 3.93.5; at Magnesia, an official of the γερουσία, Inscr.Magn. 116.17; = Lat. lictor, Plu. Rom. 26: metaph., λ. τῆς χρείας μου ministering to my need, Philippians 2:25.
2. private servant, LXX 2 Samuel 13:18.
III in religioussense, minister, [ θεοῦ ] ib. Psalms 103:21(102).21, Romans 13:6, al.; τῶν θεῶν D.H. 2.22, cf. 73; τῶν ἁγίων λ. Hebrews 8:2; θεοῖς λιτουργοί (sic) REt.Anc. 32.5 (Athens, i B.C.); attendant at sacrifices, acolyte, IG 3.1005, al. Astrol., λειτουργοί, οἱ, astral gods subordinate to the δεκανοί, Iamb. Myst. 9.2, Firm. 2.4.4, Mart.Cap. 2.200.
λειτουργός , -οῦ , ὁ
(< λιός , ἔργον ),
[in LXX chiefly for H8334, Joshua 1:1 A, 1 Kings 10:5, Psalms 103:21, Sirach 7:30, al.;]
1. in cl., one who discharges a public office at his own expense, then, generally,
2. a public servant, a minister, servant: τ . ἁγίων λ ., Hebrews 8:2 (cf. Nehemiah 10:39, Sir, l.c.); Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ , Romans 15:16; pl., τ . θεοῦ , Romans 13:6, Hebrews 1:7 (LXX); λ . ὑμῶν τ . χρείας μου , Philippians 2:25.†
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λειτουργός in the Ptolemaic period is often simply a ";workman,"; as in Polybius, e.g. P Petr III. 46 (3).5 (iii/B.C.) οἰκοδόμοις καὶ λειτουργοῖς, accounts in connexion with the erection of buildings, but cf. P Hib I. 96.14 (B.C. 259) where it is used of a military settler perhaps, as the editors suggest, because he had some special duties assigned to him. In P Oxy XII. 1412.20 (c. A.D. 284) we hear of a special meeting of the Senate of Oxyrhynchus—ψ ]η ̣ϕ ̣ι ̣σ ̣α ̣σ ̣θαί τ ̣ε ̣ τὰς ̣ [τ ]ῶν λ [ιτ ]ουργῶν χειρο ̣[τ ]ο ̣[ν ]ίας, ";to vote upon the election of those who are to serve,"; in connexion with the transport of corn for the troops : cf. the report of similar proceedings in ib. 1415.10 f. (late iii/A.D.) οἱ βουλευταὶ εἶπ (ον)· Ἀριστί ]ων ὅταν ̣ ε ̣̀λ ̣θ ̣η ̣ ὁλοκληρήσει, λειτουργὸς ἦν ὁλοκληρῶν Ἀριστίων. ὁ πρύτανις <εἶπ (εν)>· δότε τοὺς [λειτο ]υργούς, ἵνα [μὴ ἐμποδίζηται, ";the senators said, ‘Aristion, when he comes, will prosper; a prosperous public servant was Aristion.’ The prytanis said, ‘Appoint the persons to office, in order that there may be no delay’"; (Edd.), and for the inscrr. see CIG II. 2881.12, 2882.6, 2886.1. With this sense of a public servant cf. LXX Joshua 1:1 A, 3 Kings 10:5 [MT 1 Kings 10:5], and for a religious sense see Nehemiah 10:39, Isaiah 61:6, Romans 13:6 al.
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