139. hairesis
Strong's Concordance
hairesis: choice, opinion
Original Word: αἵρεσις, εως, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: hairesis
Phonetic Spelling: (hah'-ee-res-is)
Definition: choice, opinion
Usage: a self-chosen opinion, a religious or philosophical sect, discord or contention.
HELPS Word-studies

139 haíresis (a feminine noun derived from 138 /hairéomai, "personally select, choose") – properly, a personal (decisive) choice.

139 /haíresis ("a strong, distinctive opinion") is used in the NT of individual "parties (sects)" that operated within Judaism. The term stresses the personal aspect of choice – and hence how being a Sadducee (Ac 5:17) was sharply distinguished from being a Pharisee (Ac 15:5; 26:5).

[As a feminine noun, 139 (haíresis) highlights the subjective (individual) nature of a specific (divisive) opinion.]

NAS Exhaustive Concordance
Word Origin
from haireó
choice, opinion
NASB Translation
factions (2), heresies (1), sect (6).

Thayer's Greek Lexicon
STRONGS NT 139: αἵρεσις

αἵρεσις, (εως, ;

1. (from αἱρέω), act of taking, capture: τῆς πόλεως, the storming of a city; in secular authors.

2. (from ἁιρέομαι), choosing, choice, very often in secular writings: the Sept. Leviticus 22:18; 1 Macc. 8:30.

3. that which is chosen, a chosen course of thought and action; hence one's chosen opinion, tenet; according to the context, an opinion varying from the true exposition of the Christian faith (heresy): 2 Peter 2:1 (cf. DeWette at the passage), and in ecclesiastical writings (cf. Sophocles' Lexicon, under the word).

4. a body of men separating themselves from others and following their own tenets (a sect or party): as the Sadducees, Acts 5:17; the Pharisees, Acts 15:5; Acts 26:5; the Christians, Acts 24:5, 14 (in both instances with a suggestion of reproach); (in Diogenes Laërtius 1 (13) 18f, others, used of the schools of philosophy).

5. dissensions arising from diversity of opinions and aims: Galatians 5:20; 1 Corinthians 11:19. (Cf. Meyer, at the passages cited; B. D. American edition under the word ; Burton, Bampt. Lect. for 1829; Campbell, Diss. on the Gospels, diss. iv., part iv.)

Strong's Exhaustive Concordance
heresy, sect.

From haireomai; properly, a choice, i.e. (specially) a party or (abstractly) disunion -- heresy (which is the Greek word itself), sect.

see GREEK haireomai

Forms and Transliterations
αιρεσεις αιρέσεις αἱρέσεις αιρεσεως αιρέσεως αἱρέσεως αιρεσιν αίρεσιν αἵρεσιν αιρεσις αίρεσις αἵρεσις aireseis aireseos aireseōs airesin airesis haireseis hairéseis haireseos haireseōs hairéseos hairéseōs hairesin haíresin hairesis haíresis
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Englishman's Concordance
Acts 5:17 N-NFS
GRK: ἡ οὖσα αἵρεσις τῶν Σαδδουκαίων
NAS: his associates (that is the sect of the Sadducees),
KJV: is the sect of the Sadducees,)
INT: which is [the] sect of the Sadducees

Acts 15:5 N-GFS
GRK: ἀπὸ τῆς αἱρέσεως τῶν Φαρισαίων
NAS: But some of the sect of the Pharisees
KJV: of the sect of the Pharisees
INT: of the sect of the Pharisees

Acts 24:5 N-GFS
GRK: τῶν Ναζωραίων αἱρέσεως
NAS: and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.
KJV: a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:
INT: of the Nazarenes sect

Acts 24:14 N-AFS
GRK: ἣν λέγουσιν αἵρεσιν οὕτως λατρεύω
NAS: they call a sect I do serve
KJV: which they call heresy, so worship I
INT: which they call a sect so I serve

Acts 26:5 N-AFS
GRK: τὴν ἀκριβεστάτην αἵρεσιν τῆς ἡμετέρας
NAS: to the strictest sect of our religion.
KJV: the most straitest sect of our
INT: the strictest sect of the of us

Acts 28:22 N-GFS
GRK: γὰρ τῆς αἱρέσεως ταύτης γνωστὸν
NAS: this sect, it is known
KJV: as concerning this sect, we know
INT: indeed the sect this known

1 Corinthians 11:19 N-NFP
GRK: γὰρ καὶ αἱρέσεις ἐν ὑμῖν
NAS: also be factions among
KJV: be also heresies among you,
INT: indeed also factions among you

Galatians 5:20 N-NFP
GRK: ἐριθείαι διχοστασίαι αἱρέσεις
NAS: disputes, dissensions, factions,
KJV: strife, seditions, heresies,
INT: contentions dissentions factions

2 Peter 2:1 N-AFP
GRK: οἵτινες παρεισάξουσιν αἱρέσεις ἀπωλείας καὶ
NAS: destructive heresies, even
KJV: damnable heresies, even
INT: who will bring in stealthily heresies destructive and

Strong's Greek 139
9 Occurrences

αἱρέσεις — 3 Occ.
αἱρέσεως — 3 Occ.
αἵρεσιν — 2 Occ.
αἵρεσις — 1 Occ.

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