Some Greeks at the festival (Jn 12:20-12:20)

“Now among those

Who went up

To worship

At the festival

Were some Greeks.”

Ἦσαν δὲ Ἕλληνές τινες ἐκ τῶν ἀναβαινόντων ἵνα προσκυνήσωσιν ἐν τῇ ἑορτῇ·

Then John uniquely indicated that among those who went up (ἐκ τῶν ἀναβαινόντων) to worship (ἵνα προσκυνήσωσιν) at the festival (ἐν τῇ ἑορτῇ) were some Greeks (Ἦσαν δὲ Ἕλληνές τινες).  Who are these Greeks?  None of the other synoptic gospels mentioned any Greeks like John here.  This was the Jewish festival of Passover in Jerusalem, why would Greek people be there?  They could be Greek speaking Jews coming to worship in Jerusalem at the festival. since the Greek Septuagint Bible meant that there were a lot of Greek speaking Jews in the second century before Jesus.  They also could be gentiles, but why would they show up at a Jewish festival to worship?  Maybe they were those God-fearing gentiles who were not circumcised, but thought highly of the Jewish monotheistic religion that were mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles, chapter 10:2.  What we know for sure is that they were Greek speaking people.  Have you ever been to a Jewish festival?

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