Sense: forgiveness (absolution)
n. — a formal release from an obligation or debt; especially understood of the debt of sin.
Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, . . .
Why are there two different senses of forgiveness in the Bible Sense Lexicon? A close look at the entries for forgiveness (absolution) and forgiveness (offense) reveals that forgiveness (absolution) only has a Greek word associated with it (ἄφεσις) and forgiveness (offense) only has a Hebrew word associated with it (סְלִיחָה). The Greek term appears to be an extension from the concept of release from an obligation or debt. Other Hebrew lexicons, like BDB and HALOT, provide no clear information that this is happening with סְלִיחָה. Keep in mind, when using the Bible Sense Lexicon, that it may suggest differences in concepts across languages as much as it may suggest similarities.
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Sense of the Day is based on content from Logos’ Bible Sense Lexicon, which organizes biblical Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek words by meaning based on a variety of semantic relationships. Sense of the Day provides examples of senses in context, along with insight into their application for theology and interpretation.
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