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kiss, kissing

Old Testament, Hebrew: nashaq (naw-shak')—to kiss, literally or figuratively (touch)

Greek words translated as “kiss” in the New Testament:

  • philema (fil'-ay-mah)—kiss (e.g., 2 Cor 13:12; Luke 7:45a)

  • kataphileo (kat-af-ee-leh'-o)—to kiss earnestly (e.g, Luke 7:45b

  • phileo (fil-eh'-o)—“to be a friend to (fond of [an individual or an object]), i.e. have affection for (denoting personal attachment, as a matter of sentiment or feeling; while agapao is wider, embracing especially the judgment and the deliberate assent of the will as a matter of principle, duty and propriety: the two thus stand related very much as thelo and boulomahee, or as thumos and nous respectively; the former being chiefly of the heart and the latter of the head); specially to kiss (as a mark of tenderness):—kiss, love.” (e.g., Mark 14:44) —Strong's Dictionary

Various types of kisses are mentioned in the Bible, including a kiss…