Mar
2013

The Greek word anomos

Found in Mk. 15:28; Lk. 22:37; Acts 2:23; 1 Cor. 9:21; 2 Thess. 2:8; 1 Tim. 1:9; 2 Pet. 2:8, the Greek adjective “anomos” meant “transgressor” (criminal), “lawless,” “without law,” and “unlawful.”

Jesus was numbered with “transgressors” (Mk. 15:2; Lk. 22:37).  It was “wicked” hands that put the Lord to death (Acts 2:23).  Thayer (p. 48) said this adjective means “departing from the law, a violator of the law, lawless, wicked” in Acts 2:23 and “destitute of (the Mosaic) law” in 1 Cor. 9:21.  A good definition for this word in 2 Thess. 2:8 is “the lawless one” (BAGD, p. 72).