Would anyone elucidate the issue of when the term in question actually first appeared (or to be found) within the Christian context.Max 09:51, February 2, 2008 (PST)
Orthodox (ορθοδόξος) in Greek means correct both in worship and belief. It is derived from the combination of όρθος/orthos (correct, straight, without deviation) and δόξα/doxa (glory or worship) or δοκείν/dokein (to teach). In fact, the names of the Orthodox Church in Greek, Russian, etc. reflects and reinforces more the doxa "etymology". Thus Orthodox, in the context of a Chalcedonean article, should be understood more as correct in worship and the claim correct in belief should be regarded as implicit.
- "Adjective" - "(Christianity) adhering to the rites of the (Chalcedonean) Orthodox Church."
Vasiliki 07:27, May 6, 2008 (UTC)
- Thanks. But my question was not about etimology or semantics -- i know some Greek to understand this much. My question is about exactly when the word became an ecclesiastical term. To be entirely concrete: where is the phrase "Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία" to be found first?Max 20:23, December 8, 2008 (UTC)