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Abarim Publications' Biblical Dictionary: The Greek word: ανα

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ανα

The preposition ανα (ana) means on or upon or in addition to. In the New Testament, our preposition may be translated as "among" (tares among the wheat — Matthew 13:25) or "within" (a certain region — Mark 7:31). It may mean "each" (each a denarius — Matthew 20:9; each of the gates — Revelation 21:21). In Luke 10:1 occurs the term ανα δυο (ana duo), meaning "on two", or "each two", or as we say it in English: "two by two" or "in pairs".

In composite words our preposition commonly describes an up or upward, or repetitive motion (time upon time) and may as such be employed as a particle of emphasis — hence the Anabaptists (or "re-baptizers"), but also the words analogy and analogue (or "thing-to-thing correspondence") and analysis (or "loosen up/ wholly unfasten").