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Rudiments

RUDIMENTS (rū'di-mĕnts, Gr. stoicheia, the first principles or elements of anything). Stoicheia is found in the NT seven times, and KJV translates it in three different ways: “elements” (Gal.4.3, Gal.4.9; 2Pet.3.10, 2Pet.3.12), “rudiments” (Col.2.8, Col.2.20), and “first principles” (Heb.5.12). NIV also translates it three ways. In 2 Peter it probably means the physical “elements” of the world. NIV has “elementary truths” in Heb.5.12; NEB imaginatively reads “the ABC.” The other four verses refer to rudimentary religious teachings, in this instance the ceremonial precepts of the worship of the Jews—RSV “elemental spirits,” NIV “basic principles.”