Dec
2017

The Greek word “ἐγείρω”

Found a hundred and forty-four times in the New Testament, the Greek verb “egeiro” meant “raise,” “be raised,” “wake up.”  The basic meaning of this term is wake from sleep (Mt. 1:24; 2:13-14, 20-21; 8:26; Mk. 4:27).  In Rom. 13:11 and Eph. 5:14, this word egeiro “is a metaphor for the cessation of a manner of life which belongs to the night and death” (Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament, 1:372).  Jesus’ resurrection is described with the passive form of this verb in thirty one places (ibid, p. 374).