tutor, paidagógos, G3807

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Strong’s number: G3807

Greek Lexical Dictionary: Strong’s #3807 – παιδαγωγός

Greek Word: παιδαγωγός, οῦ, ὁ

Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine

Transliteration: paidagógos

Phonetic Spelling: (pahee-dag-o-gos’)

Quick Definition: a trainer of boys, a tutor

Usage: a boy’s guardian or tutor, a slave who had charge of the life and morals of the boys of a family, not strictly a teacher.

Etymology: from pais and agó; (paidagogos from  país = a  child under development by strict instruction + agōgós =a leader from ágō  = to lead)

NASB Translation: tutor (2), tutors (1).

New Testament Usage

3X in the New Testament: 1Co 4:15; Gal 3:24; Gal 3:25.

not used in the Septuagint.

Englishman’s concordance: παιδαγωγός (paidagógos)


Thayers G3807: a tutor i.e. a guardian and guide of boys. Among the Greeks and the Romans the name was applied to trustworthy slaves who were charged with the duty of supervising the life and morals of boys belonging to the better class. The boys were not allowed so much as to step out of the house without them before arriving at the age of manhood.

Strongs G3807: From G3816 and a reduplication form of G71; a boy leader, that is, a servant whose office it was to take the children to school; (by implication [figuratively] a tutor [“paedagogue”]): – instructor, schoolmaster.

Mounce G3807: guardian, custodian, supervisor

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Hebrew equivalent words:

Precepts Austin: paidagogos 

Early history of pedagogues

Wikipedia article on pedagogue

The Pedagogue in Antiquity

Picture of first century pedagogue

Reference works

08 Galatians 3:23-29 Graduation from the Law

09 Galatians 4:1-11 Sons and slaves

08 Romans 6:1-14 Grace and Slavery to Sin

09 Romans 6:15-7:6 Grace and the Law

10 Romans 7:7-25 Law and Sin

11 Romans 8.1-12 Deliverance from Sin

31 Matthew 6:1-6; 6:16-18 Giving, Praying & Fasting

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