In the beginning was the Logos

Elaine Miles writes about the words of John’s Gospel in the light of her understanding of ancient Greek

What was the Logos? Logos was a very common word in Greek, with a vast range of meanings, and is not an exact equivalent of our English ‘word’. Basically logos meant ‘something which is stated or can be stated’ (from the verb lego – I say).  So, it can mean: a narrative; a report, whether of money spent or a historical account; an argument, reason, or ground; a first principle; a formula or ratio; a phrase or sentence (but not usually a single word).

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