This movie requires Flash Player 8. Download Flash Player 8

Issue Features
View this issue online as it looks in print
Discovery Magazine 9/1/2014

The Greek Language

by  AP Staff


This is a bust of
Alexander the Great

Ancient Greek is a very important language to Christians. Do you know why? It’s because Greek is the language that the New Testament was written in! Wait a minute; the Bible writers were mostly Jews, weren’t they? So why didn’t they write everything in Hebrew, the language of the Jews? Well, to answer that, we need to look back at what ancient history has to tell us about the time of Jesus and the apostles.

During the time of Jesus, the Roman Empire ruled much of the world. But hundreds of years before the Roman Empire came into power, Alexander the Great, a Macedonian king, united Greece and built an empire that was the largest the world had ever seen. As a result of Alexander the Great’s conquests and huge empire, Greek became the most common language in the world. That made Greek the best language in which to write the New Testament, simply because it was the language that most people could understand.


Hebrew was the language of many Jews, but it wasn’t used much by people who were not Jews. If the writers of the New Testament had written it in Hebrew, then there wouldn’t have been as many people who could have understood it without it being translated. Although translations can be good and accurate, if people do not have to go through the process of having Scripture translated or of finding a good translation, then more people can learn the Gospel with fewer obstacles. It makes perfect sense that God would want the New Testament written in Greek, and not Hebrew, because God wants as many willing people as possible “to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).

You might compare ancient Greek in the time of Jesus to English today. Just like how many people in places all over the world can speak English today, many people all over the ancient world could speak Greek in the time of the apostles. We can see that God used the most popular language in the world at the time to write the New Testament so that millions of people could read it.

Copyright © 2014 Apologetics Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

*Please keep in mind that Discovery articles are written for 3rd-6th graders.

This document may be copied, on the condition that it will not be republished in print unless otherwise stated below, and will not be used for any commercial purpose, as long as the following stipulations are observed: (1) Apologetics Press must be designated as the original publisher; (2) the specific Apologetics Press Web site URL must be noted; (3) any references, footnotes, or endnotes that accompany the article must be included with any written reproduction of the article; (4) textual alterations of any kind are strictly forbidden; (5) Some illustrations (e.g., photographs, charts, graphics, etc.) are not the intellectual property of Apologetics Press and as such cannot be reproduced from our site without consent from the person or organization that maintains those intellectual rights; (6) serialization of written material (e.g., running an article in several parts) is permitted, as long as the whole of the material is made available, without editing, in a reasonable length of time; (7) articles, excepting brief quotations, may not be offered for sale or included in items offered for sale; and (8) articles may be reproduced in electronic form for posting on Web sites pending they are not edited or altered from their original written content and that credit is given to Apologetics Press, including the web location from which the articles were taken. Further, documents may not be copied without source statements (title, author, journal title), and the address of the publisher and owner of rights, as listed below.

For catalog, samples, or further information, contact:

Apologetics Press
230 Landmark Drive
Montgomery, Alabama 36117
Phone (334) 272-8558

Web Store

13 Objections to Baptism

13 Objections to Baptism

Featured Audio


Click the following link to visit our Multimedia section.

Featured Audio