Word Study: Gospel (Part 2)

BaSaR (1319, the 2nd “a” is pronounced as short “a” ) is found 24 times in the Hebrew text. (1 Sam 4:17; 1 Sam 31:9; 2 Sam 1:20; 2 Sam 4:10; 2 Sam 18:19; 2 Sam 18:20 (2 times); 2 Sam 18:26, 31: 1 King 1:42; 1 Chron 10:9, 16:32; Psalm 40:10, 68:11, 96:2; Is 40:9 (2 times), 41:27, 52:7 (2 times), 60:6, 61:1; Jer 20:15; Nahum 1:15.

16 times “basar” is translated “tiding”; show forth 3 times, publish 3, messenger 1, preached 1. 22 out of the 24 times “basar” is translated to the Greek by the Greek word “euaggelizomai”. The exceptions are 1 Sam 4:17  were it is translated in Greek as a “young man” and in the KJV as “messenger”; 1 Chron 16:23 it is translated “anaggeilate” or “proclaim”; Is 14:27 is translated “comfort” in the LXX, but in the KJV as “bringeth good news”;  Joel 2:32 “euaggelizomai” translates the Hebrew word “qara (Strongs 7121) meaning to call or to cry out.

Basar (1320 & 1321, the 2nd “a” is pronounced as a long “a” ) meaning”flesh” or “body” is found 272 times in the OT and 256 times it is translated “flesh”. Thus, clearly “basar” (1320 & 1321) is a noun meaning the “flesh” or “body”. This noun is then made an action word or verb as “basar (1319). It would literally mean “to flesh”. But what would “to flesh” mean? What more basic function of the flesh is there, than when people speak. If we do not speak we are either dead or asleep.  Speaking is a manifestation of life itself. God speaks. God is the living God.

“God who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things. By whom also He made the worlds. Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high, being made so much better than the messengers (the prophets), as He by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the messengers said He at any time, “Thou are my Son, this day have I begotten Thee.” And again in another place in the Old Testament, “I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to me a Son.” Hebrew 1. To the reader, please read on if you so wish.

And so “basar” (1319) means “to declare” or “to announce”. It can be good or bad. Read the following passages it is found: 1 Sam 4:17 (translated “messenger”); 1 Sam 31:9 (publish); 2 Sam 1:20 (publish); 2 Sam 4:10 (translated “good tidings” but the word for good is not in the passage); 2 Sam 18:19 (bear tiding); 2 Sam 18:20 (bear tiding); 2 Sam 18:31 (translated tiding but should be “I speak” or “proclaim”; 1 Kings 1:42 (literally “speak good speak, the Hebrew word “towb” is between two usages of the word “basar”);

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