Does the bible names like paul mary mark john peter etc really the correct translation of their real names?

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  • 8 years ago
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    Mostly. In Greek, the endings of words, including names, changes depending on whether its the subject or object and other grammatical reasons, but the root is the same. Some letters do not have exact equivalents in English, so sometimes the spelling can be different. English tends to drop these ending altogether, and not just in Biblical names.

    Paul - Παῦλος = Paulo(s)

    Mary - Μαρία(ς) = Maria(s)

    Joseph - Ἰωσὴφ = Iosif (or Iosef, or Iosiph, or Ioseph) (Greek has no "J"; an English rule substitutes J)

    Jesus - Ἰησοῦς = Iisous (or Iesous) (again the J is added by English)

    Jacob - Ἰακὼβ = Iakob (again with the J)

    Mark - Μάρκ(ου) - Mark

    John - Ἰωάνν(ου) - Ioan

    Peter - Πέτρο(ν) - Petro(n)

    Simon - Σίμωνα = Simona

    Andrew - Ἀνδρέα(ν) = Andrea(n)

    The one that is most different is James, as it's the same word as Jacob above.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Hebrew names took quite a beating when translating into European languages, so they're often not even close.

    For example, there is no "j" sound in Hebrew. Think of all the Bible names that start with "j".

  • Moi
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    well scripture was originally written in Hebrew and Greek primarily

    and was translated into English

    The English James for example is the Greek Iakōbos

    Paul was Greek Paulos

    John was Greek Iōannēs

  • 8 years ago

    most bible names that start with j were translated from hebrew and aramaic into koine greek, then latin then english.

    gusepe verdi is joseph green in englsih

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  • 8 years ago

    yeah ... i mean, how could there be someone in the bible named 'john', when the toilet was not invented until hundreds of years later?

  • 8 years ago

    English...not your first language, is it?

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