This weekend, I taught on 1 Timothy 4:6-10. The major theme of the passage is “godlinesss” which is the English translation of the Greek word ÎµÏ…ÏƒÎÎ²ÎµÎ¹Î±. When the Romans or Greeks use this word, it is usually translated “piety.” It was a very common expression in the ancient Roman and Greek literature.
There was one thing I found during my studies that I did not bring out while I was teaching. It seems that in Maccabees, ÎµÏ…ÏƒÎÎ²ÎµÎ¹Î± is used when translating the phrase “fear of God” from Hebrew to Greek.
This is an interesting thought: is godliness and fear of God the same thing?