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To any other classical or biblical scholars out there: how would you re-translate διακρίνω?

It's often rendered "to doubt" in NT, but as it doesn't really have this meaning anywhere outside the Bible in contemporary or prior uses, I'm beginning to doubt *hah* that this was ever its intended meaning even in the Bible.

I've been playing around with "determine", "decide", "distinguish", "divide", "over-analyze"...

Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions?

@danielkeyes137 I’ve read some interpret it as “evaluate.” I would go as far as saying a contemporary interpretation could be being aware of/mindful of Christ’s body (in the case of 1 Corinthians 11:29). See the CEB for something like it: biblegateway.com/passage/?sear

@Dan Ah very interesting! Evaluate, that's good. I haven't gotten to Corinthians yet, I've been in Romans, Ephesians, Johns, and the gospels. This verse adds another notably different usage into my database. 🤔

@danielkeyes137 @Dan Whoa, whoa, whoa! Are you telling me that the word translated as “doubt” in James 1:6 is the same as the word translated as “discriminate”/“show preference” in James 2:4? This seriously changes everything! I always thought James 1:6 (“ask in faith without doubting”) was out of synch with the rest of epistle. Might it not perhaps better be translated as “ask with faithfulness and without discrimination”? I really don’t know. My thing is Hebrew, not Greek, but I’m interested.

@Pondering @danielkeyes137 it’s not exactly the same word, but the same roots (dia + krino). In James 2:4 it’s about partiality/favoritism. But, maybe James 1:6 could be translated as “They should ask in confidence [faith], without disputing [doubting],” because the same exact word used in James 1:6 is used in Jude 1:9 to talk about the devil and Michael “disputing!” 😂

@Dan @Pondering Ah yes "confidence"! I myself have been using "trust" as a translation of πιστις, and it's really been challenging me!

I like both dispute and discriminate.

I did a shallow analysis of διακρινω in contemporary Greek texts (mainly Strabon and Diodoros), and a common meaning in these authors is "separate" - as in two armies, or groups of people. I'm sure it has other uses, but this one applies to Romans 4:20: In God's promise, [Abraam] wasn't separated in distrust...

So fun! 😄

@danielkeyes137 @Pondering that’s awesome! I also usually translate faith as trust or faithfulness. I said confidence in this case, because “in trust” felt odd in English.

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