The Testament of English

The Bible has exerted an equal presence in the English language. It would be prodigal not to learn as many Biblical allusions as you can. Here is a brief list:

  • Babel: confusion of sounds (from the Tower of Babel)
  • Golgotha: a place of great suffering (from Golgotha or Calvary)
  • Gospel: an idea that’s unquestionably true (from Gospel, a contraction of Anglo-Saxon words for “good” and “news”)
  • Nimrod: a hunter (from Nimrod, great-grandson of Noah)
  • Philistine: an ignorant and materialistic person (from Philistines, enemies of the Jews)