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Do we have such expressions as "the holiest" in the New Testament Greek? Is there a superlative of "holy" in Old Greek at all?

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You form a superlatives by taking the adjective ἅγιος (holy) and adding ατοτος. I have not yet found any occurrences of this word in the Greek New Testament.


I believe that τῇ ἁγιωτάτῃ ... πίστει is the predicative position which would lead to an intensification of the adjective. "Most holy faith" is an interpretation of the emphasis, but not a strict superlative (Jude 20). It's more along the lines of bolding something that you read with emphasis in your head, "... building yourselves up in your holy faith ..."

Hebrews 9:3 is Ἅγια Ἁγίων which is just "Holy of Holy [ones/things/ideas/places]" which is usually reduced to "Holy of Holies." This is conceptually parallel to the English idea of "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly." They're substantive adjectives - adjectives that take on the function of a noun. Given the OT imagery that runs through Hebrews, this would have been a natural connection to make to the inner room of the tabernacle.

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"You form a superlatives by taking the adjective ἅγιος (holy) and adding ατοτος. I have not yet found any occurrences of this word in the Greek New Testament" - What about prepending πᾶς ('all') to an adjective? I mean such cases like παντοκράτωρ ('almighty') or παναγιότης ('all-holiness'). Do we have anything like that in the New Testament? – brilliant Aug 5 '12 at 22:30

These are the closest phrases I could find:

But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit -Jude 1:20

Behind the second veil there was a tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies -Hebrews 9:3

In the Greek text, Jude uses ἁγιωτάτῃ and Hebrews uses Ἅγια Ἁγίων.

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If anyone would care to explain how to insert the Greek language into my post next time, that would be greatly appreciated!! – Jas 3.1 Jul 2 '12 at 17:42
Now that I got over my confusion, I added a bit of Greek into the post. I basically copy-and-paste from the Blue Letter Bible webpage. You need to press the little C icon next to a verse in order to see the Greek/Hebrew/Aramaic original. – Jon Ericson Jul 2 '12 at 18:05

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