Thursday, January 3, 2013

How many ways are there to say 'love' in Greek?

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Question by Anthony: How many ways are there to say 'love' in Greek?
I know a few, but how many are there and what are they.
I knew those ones, but is there any more?


Best answer:

Answer by Martin S
Agape' - a choice to want what is best for the object of that love combined with a willingness to do all that is in your power to bring it to pass.

Philia - a strong affection for someone or something

Eros - sexual love

Storge' - love like one might feel for a family member

In the New Testament only agape', and philia are found although "storge" is used twice in the negative and is translated into English as "unloving" or "without natural affection" in Romans 1:31 and 1 Timothy 3:3. Eros is not used in the New Testament.

edit: desire is not the same as "love". Here is how thelema is used in the New Testament.

Ephesians 2:3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires (thelema) of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.


Here's an article that gives longer definitions of these words.

http://www.suite101.com/blog/briantubbs/the_four_kinds_of_love

The Four Kinds of Love
Posted by
Brian Tubbs
Feb 14, 2007

The four kinds of love are Storge (Stor-gay), Eros, Agape, and Philia. And here's what they mean?



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