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Does the Bible Esteem Happiness?

November 23rd, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

That’s a good question my wife asked me. Answering it will involve a bit of word study, since it seems that Hebrew’s asher (ק ר א) and Greek’s makarios (&mu &alpha &kappa &alpha &rho &omicron &sigma) (sp?), which the King James Version translate as “happy” mean it in the sense “blessed”, so “joy” or “delight” might be the word to focus on. See, too, Aristotle, Aquinas, and Hooker. I wonder what Calvin and Luther have to say? I should also let Professor Kimball know what I find, since he gave an econ seminar last week on happiness as one of multiple goals.

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  1. Anton Sherwood
    December 6th, 2008 at 09:57 | #1

    Is there a font problem here, or is “asher” really qoph resh aleph?

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