The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Conversation In the AV this word never has its modern significance, but means “behavior” or “conduct.” It occurs twice in the OT, for Heb. dereḵ, “way” (Ps. 37:14; 50:23), several times in the NT for Gk. anastrophḗ or anastréphō, and also for politeúō (Phil. 1:27, RSV “manner of life”), políteuma
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
CONVERSATIONThe KJV translation of Heb. derek, “way (of life)” in Ps 37:14; 50:23, and of Gr. anastrophē, politeuma, and tropos (once, Heb 13:5). This 17th cen. meaning of conversation always connoted ethical and moral conduct, behavior, or life-style in contrast with the modern meaning of the term
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Conversationgenerally the goings out and in of social intercourse (Eph. 2:3; 4:22; R.V., “manner of life”); one’s deportment or course of life. This word is never used in Scripture in the sense of verbal communication from one to another (Ps. 50:23; Heb. 13:5). In Phil. 1:27 and 3:20, a different Greek
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
CONVERSATION — communication from one person to another. The word is used only twice in the NKJV (Jer. 38:27; Luke 24:17). But conversation is used often in the KJV to describe one’s conduct, behavior, or way of life. Thus, the writer of the Book of Hebrews declared, “Let your conversation be without
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CONVERSATION<kon-ver-sa’-shun> ([ἀναστροφή, anastrophe], [ὁμιλία, homilia]): This word is another illustration of the changes which time makes in a living language. The modern sense of the term is mutual talk, colloquy, but in the King James Version it never means that, but always behavior, conduct.
Compton’s Encyclopedia
conversationFour thousand years ago children in Egypt were copying rules on conversation from a book called ‘The Instructions of Ptah-Hotep’, preserved today in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. It is spoken of as “the oldest book in the world,” for it was composed sometime between 3000 and 2500
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Con-ver-saʹtion. This word, as used in Gal. 1:13, Phil. 1:27, does not mean, as now, colloquial intercourse, but the course and tenor of one’s life. In Phil. 3:20 it has the sense of citizenship, or the acting of Christians as citizens.
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
CONVERSATION Communication between two or more people (Jer. 38:27 in modern translations) or personal conduct or behavior in KJV’s now obsolete use of the term (Ps. 37:14; Gal. 1:13; James 3:3).
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
conversation. This English term (from Latin conversārī, “to associate with”), in its archaic sense of “conduct, way of life,” is used by the KJV to render several different words, especially Greek anastrophē G419 (lit., “turning about in a place,” then “mode of life”). This word is found thirteen
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets
Conversation Analysis
CONVERSATION ANALYSISConversation analysis (hereafter CA) is a social-scientific method to understand how naturally occurring language works in everyday conversation and in institutional settings. CA has been used in relationship to literature, including some biblical texts.1. History2. Basic Observations
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
CONVERSATION, kon-vēr-sāʹshun (ἀναστροφή, anastrophḗ, ὁμιλία, homilía): This word is another illustration of the changes which time makes in a living language. The modern sense of the term is mutual talk, colloquy, but in AV it never means that, but always behavior, conduct. This broader meaning,
The Dictionary of the Bible and Ancient Media
Conversation Analysis
Conversation Analysis Conversation analysis is the study of talk-in-interaction in naturally occurring situations and, as such, resists using data collected from experiments. Conversation analysis has its beginnings in the work of sociologist Harvey Sacks, who applied the insights of ethnomethodology
Key passages
Sir 13:11

Do not hold yourself to speak with him as an equal, and do not trust his many words; for he will test you with much talk, and as he smiles, he will examine you.

Lk 24:13–15

And behold, on that same day, two of them were traveling to a village named Emmaus that was sixty stadia distant from Jerusalem, and they were conversing with one another about all these things that had happened. And it happened that while they were …