δοũλος

Summer Greek started this past Monday and is in full swing with 3 hours of class each morning, a quiz every day, and an exam every Friday (except this one).  Learning the parts has not been too difficult but trying to put it all together is a definite challenge.  One of the words I have learned thus far is δοũλος.  δοũλος is the Greek word for ‘slave’ or ‘servant’ in Biblical Greek.  A (rough) transliteration is ‘due-lohs.’  The word itself is not too terribly significant, but it stands out to me because of something my professor said on the second day of class.  I had a couple questions to ask and when I approached the prof about to ask about them he said he absolutely had time for questions and then he said these words: “I am your servant.”  I have never heard these words uttered before in this way.  There have been meaningful variations such as “I am here to serve” but the emphasis is still on the person saying the words.  “I am your servant” is downright intense.  And downright humbling when it is said by a person who is in a position of authority.  Many have used the term “servant leadership” but that term doesn’t seem to cut it.  I am thankful for such a wonderful example of servanthood as well as the fact that my prof took the time to answer my questions about class thus far.  Anyway, regardless of how this hits anyone else, a sizeable shift took place within me at that moment. 

I press on that I might live to serve.

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6 Responses to “δοũλος”

  1. fishclamor Says:

    bean, thanks for this post. i just in the last 4 minutes wrote “i am your servant” in the body of an e-mail to someone. i have never said that before. then i checked out your post–what a trip! something parallel is going on here…

    that is very cool. so thanks for the greek word. i can use it now instead.

    please have a word of the day or of the week. please please please please.

    love
    fc

  2. sarahbuildsbridges Says:

    it is a pretty significant GK word in the NT if I remember correctly… and your professor helped firmly plant that bit of vocab (and theology!) in your brain! praise God!

    welcome to princeton! may your time there be full of rich blessings. if you see my friend stacy johnson please give him my best.

  3. Jason Clapper Says:

    Hi, my name is Jason, and I just wanted to let you know I really enjoy what you have to say on your blog. I am also an inquirer for ordination in the PC(USA), at Pittsburgh Seminary, and one of the biggest reasons I felt God was leading me in this direction is because the denomination allows ordination of women. I really like Shane Claiborne as well.

    I also really appreciate Paul’s use of slave: (Phl 2:5-7)
    5 Τοῦτο φρονεῖτε ἐν ὑμῖν ὃ καὶ ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ,
    6 ὃς ἐν μορφῇ θεοῦ ὑπάρχων
    οὐχ ἁρπαγμὸν ἡγήσατο
    τὸ εἶναι ἴσα θεῷ,
    7 ἀλλὰ ἑαυτὸν ἐκένωσεν
    μορφὴν δούλου λαβών,
    ἐν ὁμοιώματι ἀνθρώπων γενόμενος·
    καὶ σχήματι εὑρεθεὶς ὡς ἄνθρωπος

  4. pinkhammer Says:

    Jen: Thank you for stopping by! I assure you I haven’t forgotten you…things have been moving very quickly since I got here. Hopefully I will get to catch up with you soon.

  5. pinkhammer Says:

    Sarah: Thank you for the well-wishes. : ) And I will surely pass on your ‘hello!’ : )

  6. pinkhammer Says:

    Jason: Nice to meet you! I am glad you have enjoyed some of what I have written on here. And thanks for posting that passage! : )

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