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A word is more likely to have the same meaning as one in another place the higher up the hierarchy one goes. A word is more likely to be the same as in a previous usage (back reference) that in a subsequent usage (forward reference).
Example: body (soma) in I Cor. 11:29
What is the body in the phrase "discerning/recognizing the body"?
|11:27||back||2||same||physical body of Christ|
|11:24||back||5||same||physical body of Christ|
|12:12||forward||17||different||human body (general sense) [illustration]|
|12:13||forward||18||different||metaphor for church|
|12:14-25||forward||19-30||different||human body (general sense) [illustration]|
|12:27||forward||32||different||metaphor for church|
|10:17||back||45||different||metaphor for church|
10:17; 12:13, 27 cannot be allowed to establish the meaning for 11:29 when 11:24, 27 are much closer and in the same context.