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Friday, November 5, 2010

philoxenia ... to language learners


philoxenias (φιλο + ξενίας ; NOT xenophobic)
hospitality, philo= to like xenia (foreign things)

A radical approach to friendship implies full communications, using the learned language. with so many frustrated learners in the oral field....

We will see some examples of this neglected words, (as oposed to xenophobic discourse).

BUT no always forgotten. We can trace it back in different ages. We start with Gandhi, then St. Benedict and last, but not least,... the Bible.

1> It is a discourse of friendship that, according to Gandhi, finds its existence through philoxenia, “a love for guests, strangers, and foreigners.”  Ghandi continues that “philoxenic solidarities are .. emotionally risky.

2> St. Benedict speaks of hospitality in the Holy Rule to be accorded to the stranger and the poor who come into the House of God. A.
Boeckmann traces the root of the word hospitality to its origin in Greek Philo-xenia, meaning, love for the stranger and the poor. Its equivalent in Latin is hospes which is friendship directed to the stranger, and the needy. In a real
sense, hospitality means befriending one who is alienated and isolated from his/her culture, home, family and community.
H. Nouwen regards this term as one of the richest biblical expressions to help us deepen our relationship with others,recognizing their dignity and giving them a space of freedom to be.
 3> Hebrews 13:2  ”Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have enterained angels unaware.“ 

The Greek word for “hospitality to strangers is philo-xenia.  The root words are philos – which you may already know as brotherly love, and xenos - a stranger or guest.  That means entertaining and  showing hospitality to strangers, is to love that stranger so that they feel they are your guest!

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