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They Called Themselves Slave

A Brief Study of the English Translation of the Koinē Greek Word doūlos (slave) in the New Testament in the Context of Love and Obedience

by Donald Brown



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/20/2022

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 296
ISBN : 9781664205550
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 296
ISBN : 9781664205567
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 296
ISBN : 9781664205543

About the Book

The book is an easily readable book which shows that the English translation of doūlos (slave) as servant (diakonos) is incorrect. The argument put forth is well documented, researched, and clearly presented to those of any religious or non-religious persuasion and academic level.

“Interpretation is an explanation of what is not immediately plain in the Bible…because of the multifaceted character of the Bible, and its interpretation takes a variety of forms. …A basic requirement for the understanding of these documents is the grammatico–historical interpretation or exegesis bringing out of the text the meaning the writer intended to convey and which their readers were expected to gather from it…the meaning of the text for hearers today must be related to its meaning for the hearers to whom it was first addressed.”
F. F. Bruce

“Scholars who deal seriously with literary texts have a name for texts that do not correspond to the actual words of an author. Such a text is called a corrupt text. It is defined as a text that has been changed from its original and reliable form to something different from that standard—a text that has been altered from the original, intentionally or unintentionally.”
Leland Ryken

About the Author

Donald and Diane live in Midland, TX, and worship at Christ Church Anglican. After High School, Donald enlisted in the US Navy. Upon release from active duty, Donald attended Texas Tech University graduating with a BBA. After graduation he worked for several years in various industries at various levels of management. He married but being a work-a-holic his marriage ended in divorce. His lovely daughter Elizabeth was born from that union. Donald and Diane were married in 1986 at St. Paul’s Bakersfield, CA on the first Sunday after Easter. In 1990 Donald received an MDiv from Trinity (Episcopal) School for Ministry and subsequently, in 1996, he was ordained Deacon and Priest in the one holy catholic and apostolic Church (Episcopal/Anglican communion). He is presently retired from active parish leadership.