Love and Affection

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Primary expressions for the word love in the New Testament are two nouns ἀγαπη and φιλία, including their cognates.  These words are present in various contexts, creating a vibrant semantic range. In the bible, there exist another two words for love ἔρως and στοργή that are however present in Septuagint and therefore cannot be found in the New Testament.

We can further find numerous amount of words and phrases that are related to love expressing in its regard affections. You will find their list in the vocabulary.


Word Meaning
φίλανδρος, ον loving one's husband
φιλότεκνος, ον loving one’s children
φίλαυτος, ον loving oneself
φιλόθεος, ον devout
φιλόστοργος, ον loving dearly
ἄστοργος, ον hardhearted
ζηλόω be zealous; be jealous
ζῆλος, ου, ὁ jealousy; zeal
ἐπιποθέω long for