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Just What Do You Mean .. BORN AGAIN/
The Greek word used in John 3:3-8 for
born
is
gennao
(pronounced
ghen-ah-o).
Here are the English definitions
of the Greek
gennao
from leading lexicons - Greek–
English dictionaries:
Thayer:
"gennao:
l.
properly:
of men begetting child–
ren.
Matt. 1:1-16; Acts 7:8, 29;
fall. by ek with gen. of
the mother,
Matt. 1:3, 5, 6;
more rarely of women giving
birth to children.
Lk. 1:13, 57; 23:29; Jn. 16:21, etc. 2. a.
univ.
to engender, cause to arise, excite.
...
d. peculiarly
in the Gosp. and 1st Ep. of John, of God conferring upon
men the nature and disposition of His sons, imparting to
them spiritual life i.e. by His own holy power, prompting
and persuading souls to put faith in Christ and live a
new life consecrated to Himself."
Liddell and Scott: ''gennao: to beget,
of the father;
to
bear, bring forth,
of the mother; II,
to generate, produce."
(Webster defines "generate"
"to beget; procreate.")
Strong: ''gennao: to procreate
(prop. of the father,
but by extens. of the mother); fig.
to regenerate:
-
bear,
beget, be born, bring forth, conceive, be delivered of,
gender, make, spring."
Young: "Gennao: to beget, bring forth."
George Ricker Berry: ''gennao: to beget, give birth
to, produce,
effect; pass.,
to be begotten, born
(often in
John of spiritual renewal)" (That is, receiving or having
received the Holy Spirit, being begotten).
One man, a native Greek from Cyprus, in a private
communication, states it this way: "the verb
gennao
denotes the
PRODUCTION THROUGH BIRTH."
And fur–
ther ... "denotes a production through a process that
always includes a birth." He put major emphasis on
birth,
rather than begetting or conception - but when asked
if it does not
INCLUDE
an impregnation by male sperm,
and conception, as well as gestation period, he agreed
that it does.
However, it is to be noted that the scholarly
AUTHORI–
TIES
whose definitions are quoted above, all put first
and primary emphasis on the
begetting
by the father.
It
is, as I have always said,
A PROCESS,
with the time element
at different stages of the process.