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« on: May 25, 2011, 03:25:22 AM »

How does the Greek distinguish between St. Ignatius the God-Bearer and the Theotokos?  If Theotokos means literally God-Bearer (which I was under that understanding), then is St. Ignatius the God-Bearer called St. Ignatius the Theotokos in Greek?
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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2011, 03:44:41 AM »

Someone with superior Greek could probably correct me, but since I'm here ...

"Tokos" means "to bear" as in to physically give birth to something, like a tree bears fruit.

The title "god-bearer" is a translation of "theophoros", which could also be fairly translated "god-bringer". The myrrh-bearing women, for instance, are "myrophoroi".
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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2011, 04:21:01 AM »

Saint Ignatius is Theophoros. In distinction, it is better to conceive of Theotokos as something along the lines of "birth-giver of God", rather than just simply "bearer of God".
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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2011, 04:25:47 AM »

Thank you both a good deal.

These are the types of things that make me want to learn Greek.
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