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Greek - Found only in the New Testament, where a distinction is observed between "Greek" and "Grecian" (q.v.). The former is
(1) a Greek by race (Acts 16:1-3; 18:17; Rom. 1:14), or
(2) a Gentile as opposed to a Jew (Rom. 2:9, 10). The latter, meaning properly "one who speaks Greek," is a foreign Jew opposed to a home Jew who dwelt in Palestine.

The word "Grecians" in Acts 11:20 should be "Greeks," denoting the heathen Greeks of that city, as rendered in the Revised Version according to the reading of the best manuscripts ("Hellenes").

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