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βιος

The familiar noun βιος (bios) means life — hence our many English bio-words (such as "biology"), which are nearly all misnomers. Our noun βιος (bios) denotes life in the sense of a lifetime; somebody's daily life and requirements of living. The Greek word that means life as the opposite of death is ζωη (zoe), hence our word "zoo".

Our noun βιος (bios) occurs half a dozen times in the Bible: Mark 12:44, Luke 8:14, 8:43, 15:12, 15:30, 21:4. From this noun come the following derivatives:

  • The verb βιοω (bioo), meaning to live or rather to conduct one's living (1 Peter 4:2 only). From this verb comes:
    • The noun βιωσις (biosis), meaning life of the manner in which one lives (Acts 26:4 only). From this noun in turn comes:
      • The adjective βιωτικος (biotikos), meaning pertaining to this life (Luke 21:34 and 1 Corinthians 6:3-4 only).

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