Hellenists (Hel´uh-nists)

A term found in (Acts 6:1 and Acts 9:29), probably denoting Greek-speaking Jewish Christians in the early church in Jerusalem. The Hellenists probably interpreted the Torah less stringently than did the “Hebrews,” the Aramaic-speaking Jewish Christians in the Jerusalem church. The presence of these Hellenists may have served as an intermediate point of transition for the Christian movement in its spread into the Greek-speaking gentile world.

Acts 6:1

Seven Chosen to Serve
1Now during those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows w ... View more

Acts 9:29

29He spoke and argued with the Hellenists; but they were attempting to kill him.

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