Dec
2012

The Greek word anatole

Found only in the books of Matthew, Luke and Revelation, the Greek noun “anatole” described the rising of the sun, the rising of a star, or the “east.”

Wise men from the “east” (Mt. 2:1) said they had seen a special star in the “east” (Mt. 2:2 and see Mt. 2:9 where this noun is again used).  Matthew also used this noun in Mt. 8:11; 24:27.  In Lk. 1:78 this noun is translated “dayspring.”  Luke also used this word in Lk. 13:29.  For all the places this noun occurs in the book of Revelation, see Rev. 7:2; 16:12; 21:13.