Sin ἁμαρτία
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I. Name

The most general word for sin, and the one most frequently used in the NT, is hamartia. It usually occurs in the plural; but it also occurs a number of times in the singular, referring to the totality of sin, or sinning as such—see John 1.29; John 8.21, John 34; John 9.41; John 15.22; John 16.8, John 9; 1 John 1.8; 1 John 3.4, 1 John 8, 1 John 9; Rom. 8.2, Rom. 3, Rom. 10; Rom. 14.23; 2 Cor. 5.21; Heb. 10.18. There is a fluid transition between this use of the singular and the notion of sin as an …

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M. de Jonge, “Sin ἁμαρτία”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 22 January 2019 <>

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