The English To Greek translation Of the Words “Greek(s)” and “Grecian”

There are some terms in the scripture that can throw the reader if not looked into.

The terms I will be discussing here today are:

Greek(s) and Grecians

On first observance of these words they can easily be passed off as being the same words, but is this true? Confusion about the use of these words are most notably found in the book of Acts. I will take a look at two scripture passages that are usually misunderstood.

I will start with the term “Grecians” as this is generally misunderstood most often by the average reader. It is fair to say that on first glance the term Grecians, could be understood to be the plural for the word Greek. This would lead the reader to believe the person(s) being spoken about in such a context are of European decent.

A passage where this term Grecians is found is Acts chapter 6

Acts 6:1

6 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.

If you read this at first glance it is fair to say that, you might think that Grecians and Hebrews are to different nations (races) of people i.e. Hebrews (Black Israelite’s) and Grecians (White Europeans).

So lets take a look at the word Grecians more closely. This word can be found using a Greek concordance in the book of Acts. The word that Grecians is translated from is G1675 Hellenistes.

G1675 Hellenistes hel-lay-nis-tace’
from a derivative of G1672;
a Hellenist or Greek-speaking Jew.
KJV: Grecian.

Other places that G1675 Hellenistes is used:

Acts 6:1
Acts 9:29
Acts 11:20

As you can see from the English to Greek translation here the original Greek word

Hellenistes, described a Greek-speaking Jew AKA Hebrew (Black Israelite). So in this sentence we see that the same nation (race) of people is being spoken of not two different ones.

This situation can be likened to an African speaking person who is preaching to an African English speaking person. Both are clearly African but one happens to have been born and raised in Africa where as another spent their life in an English speaking region.

So this verse would have been better interpreted as follows:

“And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the “GREEK SPEAKING HEBREWS” against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.”

Now this is cleared up let us look at another commonly confused term, which is the word Greeks. we can see the use of this term in Acts Chapter 14

Acts 14:1

14 And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed.

Here the interpretation of this verse is more straight forward, we are told that both Jews (Hebrews, Black Israelite’s) and Greeks (White Europeans) believed the good news about the Messiah together. This shows that salvation is open to any nation that will believe in the Messiah, truly! (So I would like to note, that there is no need to make the Messiah multi-coloured when he was black).

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The the word used for Greeks here is Hellen, which is actually a European Greek and not the same as Hellenistes which is a black Hebrew who spoke Greek.

Below you can see this distinction being made between the too sets of nations (races)


G1672 Hellen hel’-lane ( Greek european, white person)
from G1671;
a Hellen (Grecian) or inhabitant of Hellas; by extension a Greek-speaking person,
especially a non-Jew.
KJV: Gentile, Greek.

Other places that G1672 Hellen is used:

John 12:20
Acts 14:1
Acts 17:4
Acts 18:4
Acts 18:17
Acts 19:10
Acts 19:17
Acts 20:21
Acts 21:28
Romans 1:14
1 Corinthians 1:22
1 Corinthians 1:23
1 Corinthians 1:24

So we can see that all nations can be saved, it is also important to see that the real Hebrew peoples were men of colour most notably those that suffered the curses in Deuteronomy 28, i.e. the trans-Atlantic slave trade in these modern times.

There are also still many Hebrews in west Africa as-well as those that went to the Americas before Christopher Columbus. They are also scattered to the four corners of the earth as prophecy said they would.

So let us believe in truth and put subconscious and conscious prejudices aside and remember that the Father has chosen who he has chose so that he can be praised, we as nations (races) have no power over this. ‘I hope this simple biblical interpretation has helped somebody?’

The Greek Words can be found here ===>


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