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Did the New Testament writers use a specific word to refer to the personhood of the Trinity?

The following are Greek words found in the New Testament. They are commonly referred to as individual reality.

  • prosopon ( Lit. mask of a face) - person, personal presence, and personal character.

  • phronema ( Lit. thinking aspect) - the mind, the psychological faculty of sentient beings.

  • psyche (Lit. soul) - the very being of sentient entities.

  • pneuma (Lit. spirit) - incorporeal; synonymous with the mind.

The Trinity is the doctrine that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are three selves comprising God's one being.

  1. Did the NT writers use these word to all of the Three?

  2. How did they present the personality of the Trinity in first century setting?

closed as primarily opinion-based by curiousdannii, Flimzy, fredsbend, Lee Woofenden, Dick Harfield May 26 '16 at 21:11

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  • This seems to be a subset of What is the Biblical basis for the doctrine of the Trinity? Wouldn't any affirmative response to this narrower question be a key part of an answer to the broader one? – Nathaniel May 26 '16 at 14:12
  • @Nathaniel, My question is unique in that it focuses on the specific words that describe the Trinity in first century setting. None of the answers in that question covers this. – Radz C. Brown May 26 '16 at 17:06
  • Perhaps you mean, were any of these words used to describe God. As you are likely aware, "Trinity" is not a word found in the Bible. Then this becomes a bit more like a word study. I suggest that with some refinement this question would be best on hermeneutics.stackexchange.com – fredsbend May 26 '16 at 20:25
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it appears to be about word studies more than Christian dogma. It would fit better on hermeneutics.stackexchange.com. – fredsbend May 26 '16 at 20:26
  • The NT didn't refer to "the personhood of the Trinity" because that doctrine wasn't developed until the third and fourth centuries. – Lee Woofenden May 26 '16 at 21:07