Dating in greek culture
The very terms we use to describe God—three persons, one in being—have their roots in ancient Greek words and concepts.Needless to say, the language of Homer and Plato has profoundly shaped our faith.
For example, in Revelation 6:9, John has the following vision: “I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held.” Knowing the original meaning of this word helps us to see that we all are called to give testimony to those around us. christos: Jesus is ultimately a Hebrew name, but Christ is from the Greek word, christos, meaning anointed.It is a combination of the prefix ek, meaning out, from, and to—and kaleo, to call.Hence, one way of defining the word is: the people called out from the world and to God, according to Strong’s Concordance.Not all of us have the time to learn ancient Greek. What does it mean to call Jesus the Word in the first place? In an obvious allusion to the creation account in Genesis, John is suggesting that Christ is the creative word of God.But there are at least ten Greek words every Christian should know: logos: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. But we must turn to the original language to really understand the full meaning. The Liddell-Scott Greek Lexicon includes all of the following in the definition: explanation, statement of theory, argument, rule, law, reason, inward debate of the soul, scientific knowledge.