Scripture: “Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast (of Passover.) They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee . . . ,” and asked to see Jesus. John 12:20-21, NKJV

Greek To Me     Can you recite the alphabet? Betcha can’t!  OK - Repeat after me:
Alpha, betta, gamma, delta . . . UH - what’s the matter? Alpha, beta - that’s the Alphabet.  Starts with alpha and ends with omega. You might well quip, “That’s Greek to me,” meaning it is a language that you do not understand. And you would be correct. It is Greek, the language of the authors of the New Testament .
    I’m perhaps stretching the point a little, that we actually say our A- B - C’s in English, but the word “alphabet”  indeed comes from the first two letters as spoken in Greek. What I really wish to share with you is not the language itself, but its significence to the spread of Christianity in the 1st century A.D.
    Note that Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross at the crucification of Jesus:
              THE KING OF THE JEWS
    It was written in Greek, Latin, and Hebrew. (Luke 23:38; John 19:20)  That pretty much covered it. Jesus and the disciples quite likely could converse in Greek, because it would have been commonly used in both business and corespondence all over the Mediterranean area in Jesus’ day. Even the Old Testament Biblical scriptures in common usage, and often quoted in the New Testament, were in Greek. The Septuagint, as it is called, originated in Alexandria, Egypt  between 300-200 BC. Widely used among Hellenistic Jews, this Greek translation was produced because many Jews spread throughout the empire were beginning to lose their Hebrew language. The process of translating the Hebrew to Greek also gave many non-Jews, like those who came to Jesus, a glimpse into Judaism.
    Many Greek words have carried over into English. The word for God, theos, turns up in theology.. We get bible from biblos, their word for book. Likewise, arche,  beginning, gives meaning to our word archeology, or as John wrote: en arche was the logos - in the beginning was the Word.
    If you take nothing else away from this little epistle, remember the alpha and omega, the first and last.  Oh, and one other Greek word - Amen!

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