To Obey

In Greek, Latin, Hebrew, French, German, Russian, and English – the words ‘hearing’ and ‘obeying’ have the same etymological root. The English verb ‘to obey’ stems from the Latin obaudire – literally, to listen from below – whose semantic relation is more clearly preserved in the noun ‘obedience.’

 

Prolegamena to a Carnal Hermeneutics, p. 100

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