Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2009

Journal or Book Title

The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible

Volume

4

First Page

238

Last Page

239

Abstract

Nature refers to the entire realm of entities that human beings experience, and which includes animals, plants, and the greater cosmos. There is no word in the OT that corresponds to our English nature (from Lat. natura), which is often used to translate the Gk. word physis. The term physis does not necessarily mean the opposite of supernatural. Aside from some weak exceptions (Luke 24:39; 1 Cor 15:40-44), any juxtaposition of natural with supernatural is not well maintained in the Bible. Physis generally refers to essential or inborn features (a common meaning in Greco-Roman literature) and may be found in some NT texts such as Rom 1 :26; 1 Cor 11: 14; Gal 2: 15; and Jas 3:6.

Comments

This is an encyclopedia entry from The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible 4 (2009): 238. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Abingdon Press

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf