Greek

At the wedding at Cana, Jesus turns to Mary and says, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.” Sounds disrespectful, doesn’t it? Or at least you could take it that way. But Jesus wasn’t being disrespectful at all. Here’s the story . . .   Pronoun Trouble First, the […]

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A reader writes: Question: An atheist has claimed that Jesus’s conversation with Nicodemus couldn’t have happened because it’s a greek word that has two meanings, critical to the story, and Jesus didn’t speak greek. I know neither greek nor aramaic, and according to some english, so any thing you happen to know would be useful. […]

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A reader writes: "For it has 'seemed' good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols and froom blood and fromw what is strangled and froum unchastity" (Acts 15: 28-29). This is taken from the […]

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Over on Facebook, a reader writes: Mr. Akin, could you possibly post "Abba" in Aramaic fully pointed. Why is the Beta repeated?~Thanks again First let's look at "Abba" in Greek, which is displays the issue that the reader is wondering about. Here is how the word appears in Greek (cf. Mark 14:36 in a typical […]

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Just, y’know, not good evidence. Consider the following video, which has been going around the Internet, with over a million hits on YouTube between different versions. Okay. So that kind of settles it. NOT. I don’t know who is behind the video, but whoever it is clearly has only the most rudimentary understanding of the […]

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A reader writes: An orthodox Catholic writer wrote: ”How are these words of Jesus [in the consecration of the Eucharist] to be understood? In the New Testament, the Greek word estin that is used in Jesus’ saying ‘This is my body’, could mean either ‘is really’ or ‘is figuratively’ (or ‘signifies’). Both senses of the […]

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A reader writes: I’ve been reading your blog occasionally and have noticed that you seem to be knowledgeable in a variety of areas (not just in apologetics), Naw, I’m just curious about . . . y’know . . . stuff. so I thought I’d ask you a question I’ve been having trouble getting answered elsewhere. […]

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Kecharitomene Questions

by Jimmy Akin

in Greek

A reader writes: I was watching EWTN earlier and it was mentioned that only two people in the New Testament are referred to as “full of grace” – Jesus (John 1:14) and Mary (Luke 1:28). Of course I thought this would be a really neat thing to mention to my Protestant friends (especially if we’re […]

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Attic Vs. Koine

by Jimmy Akin

in Greek

A reader writes: A local language academy is offering an Ancient Greek class in another week and I signed up for it, excited at the idea of being able to read the NT and Septuagint in their original language. But then I got the textbook that will be used and it’s called "Introduction to Attic […]

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Touto Esti

by Jimmy Akin

in Greek

A reader writes: I’m trying to counter the common anti-Catholic argument that Jesus’ words "touto esti" (at the Last Supper) actually mean "this stands for" or "this represents" my body. I tried searching on the Internet without a lot of luck and I don’t know the Greek language at all. Could you tell me the […]

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