2 Latin words in the Bible that made it into Folklore and everyday life!

1 – Lucifer

Isaiah 14:12

12 “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!”

The prophet Isaiah spoke ancient Hebrew. The word he used was “‎ hêylêl”. Which means morning star. The morning star is the brightest star you see at dawn. Depending on where you are or what time of the year, this would usually be Sirius or Venus. It represented the rising Empire. In this case the prophet Isaiah was referring to the Assyrian Empire!

The Assyrian empire were brutal warlords and Prophet Isaiah predicts their fall, while calling them “The Rod of the Lord’s Anger!

In Revelations 22:16 Jesus calls himself the bright Morning Star

2- Niger

Acts 13:1

“Now in the Church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul.”

The New Testament was written in Koine Greek. But the word Niger is Latin for black. I always found this verse a little curious. Like why preserve it in Latin? Lucius of Cyrene was probably black as well because Cyrene is in Libya. At least all the Libyans we know today are dark skinned! So why remove the Greek original word and replace it with a Latin word?

Unfortunately, in the old world the word Niger (later Negro, then Nigga) had a negative connotation after the Roman Empire and their later successors took over.

Published by gloriathepoet

That hopeless romantic Poet who can't help but be in love. I love writing poetry, but i'm also a budding fantasy/Sci-fi Novel Writer. When i'm not dreaming my way with a pen, I'm trying to design something or create an application that may change the world.

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