2007May17, Thursday

Interesting Word: “Etiology”

Posted in Interesting Words at 9:10 by Trey Austin

From Victor P. Hamilton’s Commentary on Genesis (NICOT):

At best, according to this school [of interpreters who see no direct Messianic prediction in Genesis 3:15], the story is an etiological myth that explains why tere is hostility between mankind and the serpent world.

Etiology or Aetioloty (ē’tē-ŏl’ə-jē)
The study of causes or origins; the assignment of a cause, origin, or reason for something.

From Greek, aitiologia “statement of cause,” from aitia “cause” + logia “speaking.”


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