Friday, August 06, 2004


The Root of All Evil

Bill Vallicella has an interesting discussion of 1 Timothy 6:10: "For the love of money is the root of all evil" (radix enim omnium malorum est cupiditas). In answer to his question, the Greek word translated by 'cupiditas' is 'philargyria'. Richard Chenevix Trench, Synonyms of the New Testament (1880; rpt. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1948), discusses 'philargyria' and its synonym 'pleonexia' on pp. 81-84. The component parts of the compound noun 'philargyria' survive in English words starting with 'philo' (such as 'philosophy' = love of wisdom) and in the French word 'argent' (money).

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