Dynamis Megale

Dynamis Megale

“And Jesus answering said to them, ‘Ye go astray, not knowing the Writings, nor the power (Dynamin) of God;”

I was reading Matthew 22:29, and it occurred to me Dynamin could be intended as a name for the pre-incarnate Messiah.
If so, it casts an interesting light on the story of Simon Magus.

“(Simon,) to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is that power (Dynamis) of God which is called Great (Megale).”

Acts 8:10 uses here the term Dynamis, a form of the same term used in Matt. 22:29.

Acts seems to reference a belief that there were multiple “powers,” describing what we might call angels (“powers” being a term which I’ve myself previously used to translate Elohim and describe angels) and apparently one of them was called the Great Power..

“saying, this man is the great power of God; or as the Alexandrian copy and some others, and the Vulgate Latin version read, “this is the power of God which is called great”; they took him for the supreme Deity, or as Justin Martyr expresses it, they accounted him the first, or chief God, or they looked upon him to be the Messiah, “the great power of God”: as the Syriac version renders it; and who should be great, and called the Son of the Highest, Luke 1:32.” (Gill’s Exposition, commentary on Acts 8:10)

Luke 1:32 is a helpful reference, as the verse tells us the Messiah is prophecied to be called Megas, of which Megale is a variation.

The Hebrew Bible NT translation renders Dynamis as גבורת in Acts 8:10.

Not only is this interesting of itself, but since Geburah is just Geber (man, Strong’s #1397) with two letters added, we notice how well it is for the Messiah to have a name meaning Power, probably describing his great state before entering flesh (and his state after his resurrection), but which is also linked to the word for man. “Incarnation” is a big topic in the bible.

Abel Zechariah, 2 July 2012

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