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clear.gif - 808 Bytes Dear Pastor, I read something on the internet where you stated that the Greek word "katastole" was translated into the English as "modest apparel." I looked at "katastole" in the Greek Lexicon and I didn't find quite that definition. I also read Cathy Corle's article which said that the word "apparel" in King James' day meant "long flowing garment." She said that if you looked at the archaic meaning for the word in an old Oxford English dictionary you would see that it means this. I have not been able to confirm this either. I need to know your source on this matter.
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Response:

Thanks for writing.

The Greek word katastole is formed by two other Greek words, kata and stole. The Greek word stole, according to Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon (published 1901), has the following definitions: "1. an equipment; 2. an equipment in clothes, clothing; specifically a loose outer garment for men which extended to the feet". "The Greek prefix "kata" has numerous meanings, but the first listed by Thayer is "down from, down" Therefore, the literal meaning of katastole would be "a loose outer garment that comes down." Thayer's definition of katastole is "a lowering, a letting down; a garment let down."

It is not the English language that proves the meaning of the word, it is the Greek language from which the English was translated.

Hope this helps. May the Lord bless you.

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