[B-Greek] Hellenists

Iver Larsen iver_larsen at sil.org
Tue May 26 12:43:13 EDT 2009


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Verner Ulrich" <theverner at gmail.com>
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Sent: 26. maj 2009 18:03
Subject: [B-Greek] Hellenists


> I read a commentary this weekend on Acts that claims that (ELLHNOS could be
> understood as "Hellenized Israelite."  I find that problematic but I have a
> question. Is there an unambiguous Greek word that would have meant "Gentile"
> with no possibility of confusion that Luke could have used to indicate
> someone was a non-Israelite?  Thanks.
>
> Ken
>
> Thanks Ken - and others . . .
>
> I find it a little interesting that we might have *trouble
> thinking*Hellenists were Jews in Acts 6 . . .the context tells us
> Gentiles were not
> approached or shared with in reference to the Jesus Gospel until chapter 10
> . . .so the context seems to tell us these were Jews who lived in Greek
> speaking areas . . .in other words Hellenist speakers compared to "in house
> Jewish widows" . . .and maybe I'm being tooooo simplistic . . .but - this
> doesn't seem to me to be such a "problematic" conclusion, which I have yet
> to find any other conclusion in this reference situation.
>
> Please tell me what I am missing . . .the Verner
> ---

There is a difference between hELLHN, a word that occurs 9 times in Acts 
starting with 14:1, and the word hELLHNISTHS, a word that occurs in Acts 6:1, 
9:29 and 11:20.

The first is a Greek, the second a Greek-speaking Jew. Some of the hELLHNES may 
have become proselytes.

Iver Larsen





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