Schoolmaster
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Schoolmaster

1 Corinthians 4:15 Galatians 3:24,25, in Greek Paidagogos; a sort of attendant who took the charge of young children, taught them the rudiments of knowledge, and at a suitable age conducted them to and from school. Thus the law was the pedagogue of the nation, and a length conducting them through its types and prophecies to Christ. When a Jew came to a believing knowledge of Christ, this office of the law ceased.

Little is known respecting the schools of the Jews, nor when and how far they took the place of domestic instruction, De 6:7-9 11:18-20. It is probable that elementary education was under the charge of the minister of religion, as well as the instruction of those of riper years. At the time of Christ, it would appear that the Jews in general were able at least to read and write.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
The law so designated by Paul (Galatians 3:24, 25). As so used, the word does not mean teacher, but pedagogue (shortened into the modern page), i.e., one who was intrusted with the supervision of a family, taking them to and from the school, being responsible for their safety and manners. Hence the pedagogue was stern and severe in his discipline. Thus the law was a pedagogue to the Jews, with a view to Christ, i.e., to prepare for faith in Christ by producing convictions of guilt and helplessness. The office of the pedagogue ceased when "faith came", i.e., the object of that faith, the seed, which is Christ.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) The man who presides over and teaches a school; a male teacher of a school.

2. (n.) One who, or that which, disciplines and directs.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
SCHOOLMASTER

skool'-mas-ter: Galatians 3:24 the King James Version reads: "The law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster." "Schoolmaster" is a translation of paidagogos, literally, "child-leader." This paidagagos was not a teacher but a slave, to whom in wealthy families the general oversight of a boy was committed. It was his duty to accompany his charge to and from school, never to lose sight of him in public, to prevent association with objectionable companions, to inculcate moral lessons at every opportunity, etc. He was a familiar figure in the streets, and the (sour) "face of paidagogos" and "to follow one like a paidagogos" were proverbial expressions. Naturally, to the average boy the paidagogos must have represented the incorporation of everything objectionable. Hence, Paul's figure may be paraphrased: "The law was a paidagogos, necessary but irksome, to direct us until the time of Christ. Then was the time of our spiritual coming-of-age, so that the control of the paidagogos ceased." The word paidagogos was taken over into Aramaic at an early date, and Paul's language; which is hardly that of a mere adult observer, suggests that he had had personal experience with the institution. Wealthy and intensely orthodox Jewish parents living in a Gentile city may well have adopted such a precaution for the protection of their children.

No English word renders paidagogos adequately. "Schoolmaster" is quite wrong, but Revised Version's "tutor" (compare 1 Corinthians 4:15) is little better in modern English.

Burton Scott Easton

Greek
3807. paidagogos -- a trainer of boys, ie a tutor
... Word Origin from pais and ago Definition a trainer of boys, ie a tutor NASB
Word Usage tutor (2), tutors (1). instructor, schoolmaster. ...
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Library

How a Schoolmaster Became a God.
... CHAPTER NINE. HOW A SCHOOLMASTER BECAME A GOD. We have seen how some old
swords were worshipped by Daniel's parents and friends, and ...
//christianbookshelf.org/hodson/old daniel/chapter nine how a schoolmaster.htm

How a Schoolmaster Thrust Him Out of the City.
... Latin Form. Chapter II."How a Schoolmaster Thrust Him Out of the City.
And as Jesus was walking with Mary His mother through the ...
/.../unknown/the gospel of thomas/chapter ii how a schoolmaster thrust.htm

Now a Certain Jewish Schoolmaster Named Zachyas Heard Jesus Thus ...
... Chapter 30. Now a certain Jewish schoolmaster named Zachyas heard Jesus
thus speaking´┐Ż Now a certain Jewish schoolmaster named ...
/.../unknown/the gospel of pseudo-matthew/chapter 30 now a certain.htm

How Jesus was Treated by the Schoolmaster.
... Latin Form. Chapter VI."How Jesus Was Treated by the Schoolmaster. ... And that schoolmaster
said to Joseph: Bring him to me, and I shall teach him letters. ...
/.../unknown/the gospel of thomas/chapter vi how jesus was treated.htm

To the Rev. A. Brandram
... On the way he said that the schoolmaster was one of the brothers of the convent
who had lately been expelled, and that he was a very learned man and spoke ...
/.../borrow/letters of george borrow/to the rev a brandram 3.htm

Law and Grace.
... Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we
might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come ...
//christianbookshelf.org/moody/sovereign grace/chapter v law and grace.htm

Utility of the Bondage of the Jews.
... God of all. And the apostle describes this bondage as being like to that
of boys under the guidance of a schoolmaster. [1855] And ...
/.../on christian doctrine in four books /chapter 6 utility of the bondage.htm

There is one Thing at Least of which There is Never So Much as A.. ...
... Does any elementary schoolmaster accord it even an instant's consideration
or respect? I do not expect the schoolmaster to hate ...
/.../chesterton/whats wrong with the world/chapter 40 there is one.htm

To the Rev. A. Brandram
... She then went away, and presently returned with the schoolmaster, followed
by all the children under his care. She then, showing ...
/.../borrow/letters of george borrow/to the rev a brandram 56.htm

The First Covenant
... In the significant language of Paul, "The law was our schoolmaster unto Christ."
"We were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith, which should afterwards ...
/.../murray/the two covenants/chapter iii the first covenant.htm

Thesaurus
Schoolmaster (3 Occurrences)
... of a school. 2. (n.) One who, or that which, disciplines and directs. Int.
Standard Bible Encyclopedia. SCHOOLMASTER. skool'-mas-ter ...
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School (3 Occurrences)

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Outline (4 Occurrences)
... Romans 2:20 a schoolmaster for the dull and ignorant, a teacher of the young, because
in the Law you possess an outline of real knowledge and an outline of the ...
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Ignorant (32 Occurrences)
... Romans 2:20 a schoolmaster for the dull and ignorant, a teacher of the young, because
in the Law you possess an outline of real knowledge and an outline of the ...
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Tyranny (4 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (n.) Arbitrary or despotic exercise of power; cruel
government or discipline; as, the tyranny of a schoolmaster. ...
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Real (26 Occurrences)
... Romans 2:20 a schoolmaster for the dull and ignorant, a teacher of the young, because
in the Law you possess an outline of real knowledge and an outline of the ...
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Dull (16 Occurrences)
... Romans 2:20 a schoolmaster for the dull and ignorant, a teacher of the young, because
in the Law you possess an outline of real knowledge and an outline of the ...
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School-master (2 Occurrences)
School-master. Schoolmaster, School-master. Schools . Multi-Version Concordance ...
(WBS). Schoolmaster, School-master. Schools . Reference Bible.
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Possess (193 Occurrences)
... Romans 2:20 a schoolmaster for the dull and ignorant, a teacher of the young, because
in the Law you possess an outline of real knowledge and an outline of the ...
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Education (4 Occurrences)
... years. In the synagogue schools the chazzan, or attendant, not infrequently
served as schoolmaster (compare SCHOOL; SCHOOLMASTER). ...
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Bible Concordance
Schoolmaster (3 Occurrences)

Romans 2:20 a schoolmaster for the dull and ignorant, a teacher of the young, because in the Law you possess an outline of real knowledge and an outline of the truth:
(WEY)

Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
(KJV)

Galatians 3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
(KJV)

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