The Owl on Agape

Back from hiatus, the Owl remembers his promise to clarify What the Owl Is Trying to Say, under the key terms Faith, Covenant, Love, Freedom, and Obedience. We are up to what is probably the biggest of all: Love.

Let us start with a curious fact: Nowhere in the New Testament Greek, nor in the Septuagint (the most ancient Greek translation of the Hebrew scriptures) do we find the word eros. That word, which most of us learned is Greek for love simply is not there. The word for love in the New Testament is ἀγάπη, transliterated, agape. Commentators make much of this word, but what they agree on is again, God’s initiative. We love God because he first loved us. We love our fellow creatures because we know God loves them enough to have created them, and now sustains them, and sent his Son to show forth his love in the most poignant and catastrophic way.

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