Nomos νόμος
(989 words)

I. Name

Usually, in the Greek Bible the word nomos, law, is used to refer to the OT and Jewish Torah as a set of rules for life. (For a general treatment of the role of the law in Jewish writings of the Second Temple Period see the overview of Sanders 1992; the NT material is dealt with by Hübner 1981.) In the letters of Paul and in the Jewish apocalypse 4 Ezra, however, the word sometimes seems to designate a supernatural power or agent.

II. Identity

The word nomos is not often used as a personification (cf. LSJ s.v.…

Cite this page
C. Breytenbach, “Nomos νόμος”, 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 23 January 2019 <>

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