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Entry for Strong's #898 - βαθμός

Word Origin
from the same as (899)
Parts of Speech
Noun Masculine
Word Definition [ Thayer | Strong | Mounce ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. threshold, step
    1. of a grade of dignity and wholesome influence in the church
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 4609 ‑ מַעֲלָה (mah‑al‑aw');  4670 ‑ מִפְתָּן (mif‑tawn');  
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1 Timothy 1
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1 Timothy 1

Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


or βασμός, ὁ, (βαίνω)


1. step, threshold, LXX 1 Samuel 5:5, [ S. ] Fr. 1127; degree on the dial, LXX 4 Ki. 20.9 sq.; fifteen degrees of the zodiac, Vett.Val. 31.2; interval in a musical scale, Iamb. VP 26.120.

2. rung of a ladder, Luc. Trag. 221.

3. base or plinth of a tower, GDI 5524.10 (Cyzicus).

II metaph., step, degree in rank (οἱ β. κλίμακος προκοπὴν σημαίνουσι Artem. 2.42), 1 Timothy 3:13, Procop. Arc. 24, Lyd. Mag. 2.8, al.; οἱ τᾶς ἀξίας βάσμοι IG 12(2).243.16 (Mytil.); simply, degree, τολμημάτων βαθμοί J. BJ 4.3.10; ὥσπερ ἡδονῆς κλίμακα συμπηξάμενος ἔρως πρῶτον ἔχει β. ὄψεως Luc. Am. 53; step in an argument, Simp. in Cael. 718.35; of a genealogy, ἀπωτέρω δυοῖν β. two steps farther back, i.e. farther back than one's grandfather, D.Chr. 41.6.

III tax paid on stairs, POxy. 574 (ii A. D.): acc. to Phryn. 296, Moer. 97, βαθμός is Ion., βασμός Att., but βασμός occurs GDI 5524.10 (Cyzic.), Jahresh. 3.55 (Scepsis).

Thayer's Expanded Definition

βαθμός, βαθμου, (from the obsolete βάω equivalent to βαίνω, like σταθμός (from ἵστημι), threshold, step; of a grade of dignity and wholesome influence in the church (R. V. standing), 1 Timothy 3:13 (cf. Ellicott at the passage). (Used by (the Sept. 1 Samuel 5:5; 2 Kings 20:9; also Sir. 6:36); Strabo (Plutarch), Lucian, Appian, Artemidorus Daldianus (others); cf. Lob. ad Phryn., p. 324.)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

βαθμός , -οῦ , ,

Ion. form of βασμός

(< βαίνω , to step),

[in LXX 1 Samuel 5:5 (H4670), 2 Kings 20:9-11 Sirach 6:36*;]

a step (2 Kings 20:9-11 of degrees of a dial); metaph., a degree, standing: 1 Timothy 3:13.†

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

The thought of a ";vantage ground, a ‘standing’ (RV) a little, as it were, above the common level,"; which Hort (Christian Ecclesia, p. 202) suggests for this word in 1 Timothy 3:13, may be illustrated from the Mytilene inscription IG II. 243.16 τοῖς τὰς ἀξίας βασμοῖς ἀνελόγησε , ";er wurde durch sein Verhalten dem Ehrenamte gerecht"; (Nägeli, p. 26). See also R. M. Pope Exp T xxi. p. 112 ff. The word is found in the mystery religions, e.g. Reitzenstein Poimandres 13.9, p. 343, ὁ βαθμὸς οὗτος , ὦ τέκνον , δικαιοσύνης ἐστὶν ἕδρασμα . Immisch in Philologus xvii. (N.F.) p. 33 n..1 cites βαθμός as a technical expression in philosophy, denoting a step towards the goal, and compares Olympiodorus Proleg. (Comm. in Aristotelem Graeca XII. 1), ed. Busse, p. 9.31, and ib. Scholia in Platonis Phaedonem, ed Finckh, p. 3.16.

The rule which the grammarians lay down that βαθμός is the Ionic form of the Attic βασμός (so Lob. Phryn. p. 324) is not borne out by the evidence of the inscriptions : see Thumb Hellen. p. 73.



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