Friday, 20 May 2016

The word "incarnation"

Hi, sorry it's been a while. I'm very pleased and honoured that my post questioning the Holy Spirit's personhood as a "lover" in the Social Trinitarian "dance", was finally published on the blog as a guest post. Until Dale offered, I would never have considered that a likely outcome, but it certainly did generate a good deal of discussion, and I hope also thought and reflection about what we claim must biblically be the case.

Today is a quick post from an online etymological dictionary site on the word "incarnation":
incarnation (n.) Look up incarnation at

c. 1300, "embodiment of God in the person of Christ," from Old French incarnacion "the Incarnation" (12c.), from Late Latin incarnationem (nominative incarnatio), "act of being made flesh" (used by Church writers especially in reference to God in Christ; source also of Spanish encarnacion, Italian incarnazione), noun of action from past participle stem of Late Latin incarnari "be made flesh," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + caro (genitive carnis) "flesh" (see carnage). Glossed in Old English as inflæscnes, inlichomung. As "person or thing that is the embodiment" (of some quality, deity, etc.) from 1742.

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