Hi, and welcome to Bible Words!
In this series, each week I take a single word which appears in the Lectionary readings for that Sunday, and explore the use of that word throughout the Scriptures. I look at each word as it appears in the original language – so for New Testament words, in Greek, in Old Testament words, in Hebrew. By looking at the Greek or Hebrew, we can see various shades of meaning in different parts of the Bible, and even within a single book of the Bible. And going back to the original languages gives us a richer understanding, because different translations of the Bible into English, render a specific Greek or Hebrew word in different ways.
I hope that by looking at a single word across the Scriptures in this way, it will help us all have a greater sense of the unity of all Scripture. The Vatican II document on Scripture and Revelation, Dei Verbum, said that in interpreting any passage of Scripture, we need to pay attention to “the content and unity of the whole of Scripture”. In other words, we must avoid interpreting individual passages or verses of the Bible in isolation, rather instead, we need to understand them alongside what the whole of the Bible says.
This series is not meant to be an academic work: each week, I conclude with a section exploring what God may be saying to us through His word. In this way, I hope that this series will contribute to the aspiration of the Apostle Paul, when in the letter to the Colossians (Col 3:16), he said:
“Let the message of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you”.
About Deacon Martin
Deacon Martin McElroy is a permanent deacon, serving in Winchester, in the parish of St Peter and the Winchester Martyrs. He has been married for 32 years to Jeanine, and has 4 children: John, Ruth (married to Niall), Rebecca and Joseph; he has also been blessed with 2 grandchildren, Maria Noinín and Margaret Rós.
Martin was ordained to the permanent diaconate by Bishop Philip on 1st July 2018, having completed 4 years of formation at Oscott College in Birmingham. You can read Martin’s own testimony about his vocation here.