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Hellenists
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Derived from ἔλλην (ellēn), meaning “Greek” (see, e.g., John 12:20; 1 Cor 1:22). Generally refers to one who speaks Greek, but came to refer to those of non-Greek origin, especially Jews, who adopted the Greek language and customs.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Hellenists
Hellenists (Ἑλληνίστης, Hellēnistēs). Derived from ἔλλην (ellēn), meaning “Greek” (see, e.g., John 12:20; 1 Cor 1:22). Generally refers to one who speaks Greek, but came to refer to those of non-Greek origin, especially Jews, who adopted the Greek language and customs.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Hellenists
HELLENISTS [Gk hellēnistai (ἑλληνισται)]. The term used in Acts (6:1; 9:29) to designate Jews living in Jerusalem but originally connected with Diaspora Judaism and characterized by the use of Greek as their principle language, especially for worship and scripture.The traditional understanding of
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Hellenists
Hellenists. Name used in Acts 6:1; 9:29; and possibly 11:20 for a distinct branch of the early church that was characterized by Greek modes of thinking. Their actual identification is disputed, and the following possibilities have been propounded: (1) Greek-speaking Jews rather than Aramaic-speaking
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Hellenist
Hellenist[Gk Hellēnistēs]; AV GRECIANS; NEB “those of them who spoke Greek,” “Greek-speaking Jews,” “Gentiles.” The word seems to derive not directly from Hellēn, but mediately through hellēnízō, by the addition of the termination -tēs, which denotes the doer of the action. Thus the word ought
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Hellenists
HELLENISTS* Name used in Acts 6:1, 9:29, and possibly 11:20 for a distinct branch of the early church that was characterized by Greek modes of thinking. Their actual identification is disputed, and the following possibilities have been propounded: (1) Greek-speaking Jews rather than Aramaic-speaking
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Hellenists
Hellenists (hel´uh-nists), Greek-speaking Jews who were part of the early church in Jerusalem (Acts 6:1; 9:29, 11:20). The book of Acts contrasts “Hellenists” with the “Hebrews,” but since at this point all members of the church are Jewish, the distinction must refer to different Jewish groups or synagogues
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Hellenists
HELLENISTS. Gk. hellēnistai, people, not themselves Greeks (hellēnes), who ‘hellenized’, i.e. spoke the Greek language (hellēnisti, Acts 21:37, etc.) and otherwise adopted the Greek way of life (hellēnismos, 2 Macc. 4:10).The earliest occurrence of the word in Greek literature is in Acts 6:1, where
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Hellenists
HellenistsOne of two groups, “Hellenists” (Gk. Hellēnistḗs) and “Hebrews” (Hebraɩ́oi), at odds with each other in the early Church (Acts 6:1). The identity of the Hellenists is usually based on the meaning of the verb hellēnɩ́zein, either “to speak Greek (properly)” or “to live like a Greek.” The
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Hellenists
Hellenists [hĕlˊə nĭsts] (Gk. Hellēnistai).† Greek-speaking Jews, usually contrasted with the Aramaic-speaking “Hebrews” (Acts 6:1; 9:29; KJV “Grecians”; NIV “Grecian Jews”). At 6:1 they constitute a minority in the church at Jerusalem, where they complain of unfair treatment in the support
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Hellenists, Hellenistic and Hellenistic-Jewish Christianity
Hellenists, Hellenistic and Hellenistic-Jewish ChristianityActs 6:1–6 records the earliest known Christian controversy, a dispute between the Hebrews (those who spoke Aramaic) and the Hellenists (those who spoke Greek; Hellēn, “Greek”) over the inequitable distribution of food to the Hellenist widows.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Hellenist
Hel´lenist (Grecian), the term applied in the New Testament to Greek-speaking or “Grecian” Jews. The Hellenists as a body included not only the proselytes of Greek (or foreign) parentage, but also those Jews who, by settling in foreign countries, had adopted the prevalent form of the current Greek civilization,
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Hellenist
HEL´LENIST (helʹen-ist). A term employed of a person who spoke Gk. but was not racially of the Greek nation. The expression is especially used of Jews who adopted the Gk. language and, to some extent, Greek customs and culture (Acts 6:1; 9:29).