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Old & New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary

Strong's #831 - αὐθεντέω

from a compound of (G846) and an obsolete hentes (a worker)
Parts of Speech
  1. one who with his own hands kills another or himself
  2. one who acts on his own authority, autocratic
  3. an absolute master
  4. to govern, exercise dominion over one
Frequency Lists  
  1. Book
  2. Word
  3. Parsing
KJV (1)
1 Timothy
NAS (3)
1 Timothy
HCS (1)
1 Timothy
BSB (1)
1 Timothy
ESV (1)
1 Timothy
WEB (1)
1 Timothy
Verse Results
Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


1. to have full power or authority over, τινός 1 Timothy 2:12; πρός τινα BGU 1208.37 (i B. C.): c. inf., Lyd. Mag. 3.42.

2. commit a murder, Sch. A. Eu. 42.

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

*† αὐθεντέω , -

(< αὐθέντης , i.e. αὐτο - ἕντης , one who acts on his own authority, in Papyri, an autocrat; cf. Wisdom of Solomon 12:6; cf. -ία , 3 Maccabees 2:29; -ικος is freq. in vernacular, MM, s.v.),

to govern, exercise authority over: 1 Timothy 2:12.†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
Copyright © 1922 by G. Abbott-Smith, D.D., D.C.L.. T & T Clarke, London.
Vocabulary of the Greek NT

The history of this word has been satisfactorily cleared up by P. Kretschmer, in Glotta iii. (1912), p. 289 ff. He shows that αὐθέντης ";murderer"; is by haplology for αὐτοθέντης from θείνω , while αὐθέντης ";master"; (as in literary MGr) is from αὐτ -ἕντης (cf. συνέντης · συνεργός in Hesychius, root sen ";accomplish,"; ἀνύω ). The astonishing sense-development described in Grimm may accordingly disappear. So likewise may his description of the verb as a ";bibl. and eccl. word,"; after the evidence (given below) that the adj. αὐθεντικός is very well established in the vernacular. ";Biblical";—which in this case means that the word occurs once in the NT (1 Timothy 2:12)—seems intended to hint what ἅπαξ εἰρημένον in a ";profane"; writer would not convey. We may refer to Nägeli, p. 49, for evidence which encourages us to find the verb’s provenance in the popular vocabulary. The Atticist Thomas Magister, p. 18, 8, warns his pupil to use αὐτοδικεῖν because αὐθεντεῖν was vulgar (κοινότερον ) : so Moeris, p. 58—αὐτοδίκην (l.εῖν ) Ἀττικοι , αὐθέντην (l.εῖν ) Ἕλληνες . The use in 1 Timothy 2:12 comes quite naturally out of the word ";master, autocrat."; Cf. P Leid Wvi. 46 ὁ ἀρχάγγελος τῶν ὑπὸ τὸν κόσμον , αὐθέντα ἥλιε . For the adj. cf. ib. vi. 46, P Oxy II. 260.20 (A.D. 59), a document signed by the assistant of the strategus to give it legal sanction—Θέ [ω ]ν Ὀννώφριος ὑπηρέτης ἐπηκολ [ού ]θ [η ]κα τῆι [α ] ̣θεντι [κ ]ῆι χιρ [ογρ ]α (φίᾳ ), ";I, Theon, son of O., assistant, have checked this authentic bond"; (Edd.) : so ib. IV. 719.30, .33 (A.D. 193). In BGU I. 326ii. 23 (ii./A.D.) a scribe declares the ἀντίγραφον before him to be σύμφωνον τῇ αὐθεντικῇ διαθήκῃ : cf. Wilcken Ostr 1010 (Roman) ὁμολ [ογοῦμεν ) ἔχιν τὴν αὐθεντικήν ἀποχὴν ἀχύρ [ου ), P Hamb I. 18 ii. 6 (A.D. 222) αὐθ (εντικῶν ) ἐπιστολ (ῶν ) καὶ βιβλ (ιδίων ) ὑποκεκολ (λημένων ), P Giss I. 34.4 (A.D. 265–6) τ ̣ὰ αὐθεντικ [ ], and P Lond 985.18 (iv/A.D.) (= III. p. 229) ἔδ ̣ο ̣κα τὸ ἴσον κ ̣[(αὶ ) ]χω τὴν αὐθε [ν ]τικὴν ἀποχὴν παρ᾽ ἐμα ̣υτῷ . The subst. is found P Lips I. 33 ii. 6, .7, .28 (A.D. 368), BGU II. 669.18 (Byz.) ἰδίᾳ αὐθεντίᾳ ὄργανον ἔστησεν εἰ [ς ] τὸν αὐτὸν λάκκον . For αὐθεντίζω , ";take in hand,"; see Chrest. I. ii. p. 160. The noun produces ultimately the common MGr ἀφέντης (Effendi) ";Mr.";

[Supplemental from 1930 edition]

For αὐθεντικός cf. further P Hamb I. p. 76, n.4.



The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament.
Copyright © 1914, 1929, 1930 by James Hope Moulton and George Milligan. Hodder and Stoughton, London.
Derivative Copyright © 2015 by Allan Loder.
List of Word Forms
αυθεντειν αυθεντείν αὐθεντεῖν αυθημερινού αυθήμερον αυλαία αυλαίαι αυλαίαις αυλαίας αυλαιών αύλακας αύλακες αύλαξι αυλάρχαι authentein authenteîn
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