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Entry for Strong's #855 - ἄφαντος

Word Origin
from (1) (as a negative particle) and a derivative of (5316)
Parts of Speech
Word Definition [ Thayer | Strong | Mounce ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. taken out of sight, made invisible
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Verse Results
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Luke 1
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

ἄφαντ-ος, ον, (φαίνομαι)


1. made invisible, blotted out, ἀκήδεστοι καὶ ἄ. Il. 6.60; ἄσπερμος γενεὴ καὶ ἄ. ὄληται 20.303, etc.; hidden, ἄ. ἕρμα A. Ag. 1007 (lyr.); ἔφην' ἄφαντον φῶς S. Ph. 297; ἄ. ἔπελες Pi. O. 1.46; ἐκ βροτῶν ἄ. βῆναι S. OT 832; ἁνὴρ ἄ. ἐκ.. στρατοῦ he has disappeared, A. Ag. 624; ἄ. οἴχεσθαι ib. 657, Jul. Or. 2.59a; ἔρρειν S. OT 560; ἀρθεῖσ' ἄ. E. Hel. 606; ἐκ χερῶν Id. Hipp. 827 (lyr.); ἴχνος πλατᾶν ἄ. disappearing, A. Ag. 695 (lyr.); invisible, νύξ Parm. 9.3.

2. in secret, ἄφαντα βρέμειν Pi. P. 11.30.

3. obscure, Id. N. 8.34; θεοῖς δῆλος θνητοῖσι δ' ἄ. Epimenid.

II. Poet. and late Prose, ἄ. γενέσθαι D.S. 3.60, 4.65, Luke 24:31; τὰ ἄφαντα φήναντες Aristid. 1.260 J., cf. Sch. Arat. 899.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ἄφαντος, ἀφαντον (from φαίνομαι), taken out of sight, made invisible: ἄφαντος ἐγένετο ἀπ' αὐτῶν, he departed from them suddenly and in a way unseen, he vanished, Luke 24:31. (In poets from Homer down; later in prose writings also; Diodorus 4, 65 ἐμπεσών εἰς τό χάσμα ... ἄφαντος ἐγένετο, Plutarch, orac. def. c. 1. Sometimes angels, withdrawing suddenly from human view, are said ἀφανεῖς γίνεσθαι: 2 Macc. 3:34; Acta Thom. §§ 27 and 43.)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

* ἄφαντος , -ον

(< φαίνομαι ), poët. and late prose (MM, s.v.),

invisible, hidden: Luke 24:31.†

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

This poetic word, which reappears in the later prose writers (e.g. Diod. Sic. iv. 65. 9), is found in the NT only in Luke 24:31 ἄφαντος ἐγένετο ἀπ᾽ αὐτῶν . The addition of a complement such as ἀπ᾽ αὐτῶν is not in accordance with the usual Greek usage of the word, and is explained by Psichari (Essai sur le Grec de la LXX, p. 204 ff.) as a Hebraism. This would presumably mean that Luke imitated the occasional LXX ἀφανίζειν or –εσθαι ἀπό , but used the Hellenistic ἄφαντος γενέσθαι instead of the verb : clearly this combination was thoroughly vernacular prose by this time—it survives in MGr.



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αφαντος άφαντος ἄφαντος άφαψαι αφάψεις αφάψετε άφεδρον αφέδρου αφέδρω αφήπται aphantos áphantos
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