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  • That is to say, while the word kephale (and arche also, for that matter) unquestionably carries with it the idea of

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  • The Bauer-Arndt-Gingrich lexicon gives the following definition under the word kephale: "in the case of living beings, to denote superior rank."

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  • William F. Arndt and F. Wilber Gingrich (Chicago, 1979), s.v. "kephale," p. 430. 30.

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  • [146] The Arian kings in Africa were the first that owned it, gugne kephale, and acted according to their persuasions.

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  • And gave him to be head over all things to the church, kai ` auto ` n e'doken kephale ` n upe ` r pa'nta te ekklesi'aj3.

    A Commentary on the Epistle to the Ephesians

  • Christ is e kephale ` pa'ses arches kai ` exousi'as, the head of all principality and power, in the sense of supreme ruler; and as here in the immediately preceding context he is said to be exalted over all principality and power, and in the following context he is said to be the head of the church, which is his body, the two ideas may be here combined.

    A Commentary on the Epistle to the Ephesians

  • And therefore, according to that advice given to the soldier, te ` n kephale ` n pephu'laxo, secure your head; so is every one to be careful to preserve his judging faculties entire, that he may not be abused into false choices, and imposed upon by undue and fallacious conclusions: for a flaw in these leaves the soul like an army without conduct, exposed to all the miseries of dispersion and confusion.

    Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. V.

  • The arms or feet (podos in Greek) of these animals are on the front of their head ( "cephalo" comes from the Greek kephale, for head).


  • "The other interesting conclusion from this study is that no instances were discovered in which kephale had the meaning 'source, origin.'"

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  • The word "head" (kephale) is supposedly used by Paul in Colossians 2: 19 and Ephesians 4: 15 with the meaning of "source of life."

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