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Ben Curtis | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Mar 4 2011 7:58 AM


This a small question and I am just guessing that it is just short for the term.

"Gloss" Is it mean Glossary?  Which makes me wonder about this setting in the Information panel.  If it is, what or which glossary?


[dumb huh?]


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TCBlack | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 4 2011 8:20 AM

Close enough.  :-)

But here's the fuller look from the Pocket Dictionary for the Study of NT Greek.... (Emphasis added)

gloss. n. or v. A brief explanation or additional note. The term can refer to an explanatory comment written in the margin of a manuscript or between the lines (an interlinear gloss). Occasionally these were even incorporated into the text itself (see Jn 5:3b–4; Rom 8:1). Bibles with patristic glosses became popular and somewhat standardized in the Middle Ages, particularly the *Glossa Ordinaria. Similarly, it refers to a short definition that is helpful for learning a new or difficult word, but which may not reflect the wider range of meaning of the word. Sometimes gloss is a technical term for a statement or passage that was evidently added secondarily to a text.


Matthew S. DeMoss, Pocket Dictionary for the Study of New Testament Greek (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2001), 63.

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Dave Cotner | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 4 2011 8:21 AM

A gloss (from Latin: glossa, from Greek: γλῶσσα glóssa "tongue") is a brief notation of the meaning of a word or wording in a text. It may be in the language of the text, or in the reader's language if that is different.

A collection of glosses is a glossary. A collection of medieval legal glosses, made by so-called glossators, is called an apparatus. The compilation of glosses into glossaries was the beginning of lexicography, and the glossaries so compiled were in fact the first dictionaries. In modern times a glossary, as opposed to a dictionary, is typically found in a text as an appendix of specialized terms that the typical reader may find unfamiliar. Also, satirical explanations of words and events are called glosses. The German Romantic movement used the expression of gloss for poems commenting a given other piece of poetry, often in the spanish Décima style.

Glosses were originally notes made in the margin or between the lines of a text in a Classical language, in which the meaning of a word or passage is explained. As such, glosses vary in thoroughness and complexity, from simple marginal notations of words one reader found difficult or obscure, to interlinear translations of a text with cross references to similar passages.

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Mark Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 4 2011 8:23 AM

No dumb questions.

Here's the definition from the Concise Oxford English Dictionary (a Logos reource):

gloss 2
  ■ noun a translation or explanation of a word, phrase, or passage.
  ■ verb provide a gloss for (a text, word, etc.).
 –      ORIGIN 16th century: alteration of gloze, from Old French glose (see GLOZE), suggested by medieval Latin glossa ‘explanation of a difficult word’.

An English gloss of a Hebrew or Greek word is the general translation of that word into English.

According to the COED the word glossary comes from the Latin glossarium which is related to the word glossa which is referred to above.

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Steve Johnson | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 4 2011 12:25 PM

Erudite! Didactic! Explanatory!

I never knew.

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Ben Curtis | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 10 2011 5:05 AM

LOL.  I thank you for those words that I just added to my vocabulary. (except:explanitory)


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Ben Curtis | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 10 2011 5:07 AM

Oh Wow!  Thank you Reverend.  That is a good explaination.

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Ben Curtis | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 10 2011 5:09 AM

Great ..Thank you Thomas.  I appreciate it.  With the responses here, I think it is been clarified perfectly for me.

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