[B-Greek] New Testament Greek "urban legends"?

Gene Gardner g_gardner1234 at yahoo.com
Mon Apr 24 09:18:11 EDT 2006

                I have been reading a bit of banter recently on the Internet, where some people have stated that the following words appear in the early NT Greek texts, in reference to Jesus or those who were followers of Christianity, as names with a negative connotation. They supplied no proof to support their assertions: 
 Here is an excerpt of what was stated:
 They called them "Chrestians/Chrestianou," either mocking them, or just trying to sensibly designate them — thinking they were followers of some "Chrestos," a common slave name.  
  "In all three NT passages the uncorrected Codex Aleph reads 'Chrestian.' We know from many sources that this variant was widely current in the 2d century."
 I found some references to writings of the early church fathers, but could not find any valid discussion of these words being present in any Biblical Greek texts, so I now defer my question to the experts.
 Thank you,
 Gene Gardner

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