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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 Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
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[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* 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 (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
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
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
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
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,