Bible Notes

[The Biblical citations given in the Christian Science Quarterly are from the Authorized King James Version. The Bible Notes in these columns can be used, if deemed necessary, to elucidate some of the words or passages contained in the Bible Lessons. The Notes in this issue are related to the Lesson-Sermon designated to be read in Christian Science churches on November 8, 1942.]

"Form of doctrine" (Rom. 6:17)—Literally, "form (or 'pattern') of teaching." Goodspeed suggests: "Standard of teaching"; while Moffatt prefers: "Rule of faith."

"Ye have your fruit unto holiness" (Rom. 6:22)—The Greek word "hagiasmos" means more strictly "consecration" or purification"; hence Goodspeed's translation: "The benefit you get is consecration;" though the Twentieth Century New Testament suggests: "The fruit that you reap is an ever-increasing holiness," and continues, "and the end Immortal Life."

"In the beginning" (Gen. 1:1)—The Aramaic paraphrases of the Old Testament, generally called "Targums," make interesting suggestions as to the translation and the significance of the phrase rendered in our Authorized Version, "In the beginning." The Targum of Jerusalem has: "In (or 'By') wisdom God created;" and that of Palestine: "At the beginning"; while the Targum of Onkelos has: "In eternity."

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