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« on: May 13, 2008, 12:24:47 PM »

It seems to me that the terms for justice and righteousness are closley linked in the Hebrew and Greek languages. However, in the English language the term justice seems to be strongly coloured by judicial and penal overtones hence not accurately reflecting the meaning of the original text. This therefore seems to be problematic with regards to such English translations as the NKJV which tends to use the term justice and its derivatives quite often where the original occurs. However, other English translations such as the NRSV seem to have leaned more towards using the term righteousness rather than justice where the original occurs, perhaps this is to avoid the strong judicial overtones in the latter. Furthermore, it would seem that such a trend would be more amiable to the Orthodox mindset.
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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2008, 12:29:49 PM »

In the Old Testament, justice was literal life or death EXCEPT that the Old Testament Laws would never lead to Theosis.

There are many examples of "justice" in the OT and related examples of "Judgment."
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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2008, 03:39:39 PM »

In Slavic languages, the Latin "iustitio" is rendered by words like Russian "spravedlivost'," the root being "pravd," that is, TRUTH, something that is real, not made up, not distorted, etc. The word for "righteous" - "pravednyj," "pravednik" - has the same root.

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