Occurrences of Father, Son, and Son of God, or Familial Language Terminology in the New Testament

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Word studies, or looking at the use(s) of a word in Scripture is one of the best ways to study the Bible. Such an overview provides us with as comprehensive a picture as possible regarding what God wants us to know about a given topic or subject. With regard to “Familial” language in reference to God, there are three terms that occur: “Father,” “Son,” and “Son of God.” “Father” refers to God while “Son” and “Son of God” refer to Jesus Christ.

This chart provides lists of these three terms as found in the New Testament. I have used both the New American Standard Bible (NASB, 1977) and the Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament, 27th edition (NA 27). Each term is listed from both sources in parallel columns for convenient reference.

I have tried to be as thorough as possible. Any omissions in these lists are unintentional. Should anyone find omissions please contact me so that I may make any needed changes.

The chart is in pdf form and can be found here.

For a companion piece to these charts see the article, “Son of God in the Old Testament.”

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Adam Simnowitz is a minister with the Assemblies of God. He lives in Dearborn, MI. He recently completed his M.A. thesis, "Muslim Idiom Translation: Assessing So-Called Scripture Translation For Muslim Audiences With A Look Into Its Origins In Eugene A. Nida's Theories Of Dynamic Equivalence And Cultural Anthropology." He was one of the contributing authors to the adopted Assemblies of God paper, "The Necessity for Retaining Father and Son Terminology in Scripture Translations for Muslims," from which this paper is partially drawn (http://fatherson.ag.org/).

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