I was all Greek’d out on the way home last night after classes. I’m not saying that Greek’s not a great language to study and learn, albeit difficult because of how different it is to my own home tongue but contracted verbs and demonstrative pronouns had temporarily sapped the pleasure out of it for me. So, intellectually drained, I decided to not continue my bedside reading of A WORD FOR THE WORLD – Calvin on the Extent of the Atonement which would have required far to much brainpower and spent the evening on something light weight: the graphical header of this blog. In the end all I did was modify the existing header adding the Greek word ιχθυς (fish) to the lead fishy. Hahaha, you just can’t get away from it can you?
Greek has capitals and lowercase letters. The capitaliaztion of ιχθυς (fish) is ΙΧΘΥΣ. Much of the Gospel account revolved around fish, fishing and fishermen. My favorite passage in Scripture is in the 21st chapter of John. It’s the response of Peter when John point’s out that the risen Christ is on the shore. They we were fishing at the time:
Man, I want to be a Peter. Anyway, early Christians identified themselves by using the symbol of the fish. Part of this could have been because it makes a funky acrostic (a word formed from the first letters of several words): “Jesus Christ, God’s son, savior”
|Ι||Iota (i) is the first letter of Ἰησοῦς||Iēsous is the Greek word for Jesus|
|Χ||Chi (kh) is the first letter of Χριστóς||Khristos is the Greek word for Christ or anointed|
|Θ||Theta (th) is the first letter of Θεοῦ||Theou is the Greek word for God’s (the reason why it’s God’s and not God is something I could tell you but I don’t think you’d care)|
|Υ||Upsilon (u) is the first letter of Υἱός||huios is the Greek word for Son|
|Σ||Sigma (s) is the first letter of Σωτήρ||sōtēr is the Greek word for Savior|
The big question I’ve got is: How should Christian be identifiable by the world and each other?