2776 KEPHALE (76): head. Kephaly usually refers to a person's literal head or the head of an animal. And sometimes it refers to ranking of persons. Comp. "behead" (0607 apokephalizo).
A LITERAL HEAD OF A PERSON: sometimes part of a figurative expression.
THE HEAD OF AN ANIMAL:
ONE WHO IS HIGHER IN RANK OR HEAD OF SOMETHING. This higher rank is usually
indicated by the words, "head of". Only once (Eph.1.22) does the text read,
"head over", and here the phrase is "head over ALL THINGS TO the called-out
ones". We never read of anyone (not even Yesu!) being "head" OVER anyone else.
In Col.2.10 we read of Yesu being "the head of all rule and authority". If
"head of" means "to rule or have authority, then that passage would be
redundant and not make sense. Thus, "head of" apparently means superior in rank
or position, not one who "rules or dominates".
1. As a metaphor in which Yesu is spoken of as "The stone which the builders rejected", in which he "became head of the corner". That is, the rejected stone, Yesu, became the corner stone or chief stone.
2. As a metaphor for one who is higher in rank than another: In 1Co.11.3-5 the ranking is: God is head of the Anointed One, who is head of man, who is head of woman. In Eph.5.23 "...a husband is head of the wife." In Col.1.18 the Anointed One is "...the head of the body, the ekklesia."
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