Elements • Rudiments • Stoicheia
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Element, Elemental Spirit
ELEMENT, ELEMENTAL SPIRIT [Gk stoicheion (στοιχειον); stoicheion tou kosmou (στοιχειον του κοσμου)]. In most of its uses, element denoted an elementary or fundamental principle in a subject or discipline. Thus, it could designate a letter of the alphabet, a part of speech, a geometrical proposition,
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Elemental Spirits, Elements
Elemental Spirits, Elements. Alternative translation of a Greek word used in the NT, “elemental spirits” being spiritual forces at work in the world, and “elements” being either the basic constituents of the physical world or of human life or the basic principles of a system of thought. In three passages
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Element; Elemental
Element; Elemental [Gk. stoicheíon, pl. tá stoicheía]. The Greek word occurs seven times in the NT: Gal. 4:3, 9; Col. 2:8, 20; He. 5:12; 2 Pet. 3:10, 12. The various translations given to the word by the AV, the RSV, and the NEB show the need for careful study to determine the precise meaning intended.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Elemental Spirits, Elements
ELEMENTAL SPIRITS*, ELEMENTS Alternative translations of a Greek word used in the NT, “elemental spirits” being spiritual forces at work in the world, and “elements” being either the basic constituents of the physical world or of human life or the basic principles of a system of thought. In three passages
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
ELEMENTS1. The alphabet letters, thus symbolic of rudiments of a study or discipline, as in “the first principles [ASV, rudiments] of the oracles of God” (Heb 5:12).2. Physical components of the world, which face destruction by fire (2 Pet 3:10–12).3. Spirits behind the physical components, which
RUDIMENTS. This word occurs only in Col 2:8, 20 as the KJV rendering of the Gr. word stoicheion. Translated in Heb 5:12 as “principles” and in Gal 4:3, 9 as “elements,” stoicheion means “elementary teachings.” It denotes what an initiate or observer encounters first. In Galatians and Colossians Paul’s
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
ELEMENTS. Gk. stoicheia, translated ‘elements’ in 2 Pet. 3:10, 12; ‘elemental spirits’ in Gal. 4:3, 9; Col. 2:8, 20 (av ‘rudiments’), is the neuter plural of the adjective stoicheios, which means ‘standing in a row’, ‘an element in a series’. Hence stoicheia is used: 1. for the letters of the alphabet
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
STOICHEIA στοιχεῖα τοῦ κόσμουI. Stoicheia tou kosmou has several meanings. From the root stich-, meaning row or rank, the singular stoicheion designates the shadow cast by the pole of a sundial, a letter of the alphabet, the sound the human voice makes as a basic element of language, and an element
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
ELEMENTS (Gk. stoicheion, “orderly”). The component parts of the physical universe. “The elements will melt with intense heat” (2 Pet. 3:10, 12), i.e., be reduced to as confused a chaos as that from which it was first created.
RUDIMENTS (Gk. stoicheion, “any first thing”). Letters of the alphabet, the “elements” (2 Pet. 3:10), from which all things have come; “primary principles”; see Col. 2:8, 20, where reference is made to “the elementary principles of the world” (NASB; “rudiments,” KJV; “basic principles,” NIV).
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
ElementsIn its primary sense, as denoting the first principles or constituents of things, it is used in 2 Pet. 3:10: “The elements shall be dissolved.” In a secondary sense it denotes the first principles of any art or science. In this sense it is used in Gal. 4:3, 9; Col. 2:8, 20, where the expressions,
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
ELEMENTS — the essential substances of the physical world (2 Pet. 3:10, 12). The apostle Paul also used the word to refer to the demonic spirits or powers behind the physical universe (Gal. 4:3, 9).
RUDIMENTS — KJV word for fundamental elements, principles, or skills (Col. 2:8, 20; basic principles, NKJV). The word rudiments may refer to “the elemental spirits of the universe” (RSV), demons (1 Cor. 10:20–21), or to principles of human philosophy in contrast to the truths of Christ. In Galatians
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ELEMENT; ELEMENTS<el’-e-ment>, ([τὰ στοιχει̂α, ta stoicheia], “the letters of the alphabet,” “the elements out of which all things are formed,” “the heavenly bodies,” “the fundamental principles of any art or science”): 1. In 2 Peter 3:10, the constituent parts of the physical universe
RUDIMENTS<roo’-di-ments> ([στοιχει̂α, stoicheia], plural of [στοιχει̂ον, stoicheion] (Galatians 4:3, 9; Colossians 2:8, 20; Hebrews 5:12; 2 Peter 3:10, 12)): This word occurs 7 t in the New Testament, and the King James Version translates it in three different ways. In the two passages
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
El-eʹments, the first principles of which other things are composed or whence they proceed, according to the ancient belief that all bodies consist of certain constituents, into which they are resolvable. The word occurs in its primary sense in 2 Pet. 3:10, “the elements shall melt with fervent heat,”
Ruʹdi-ments, elementary principles (Col. 2:8, 20). “The rudiments of the world” are the rites and observances of the Jewish religion, and are to the full knowledge imparted in the gospel what the alphabet is to a language or what the elementary principles are to the science of astronomy or of chemistry.