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Is nicodemus a greek name

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This isn't a mythology question, but I can answer it for you.

Nicodemus is indeed a Greek name and it means "victory of the people". It seems strange to some people that such a prominent Hebrew figure would have a Greek name, but they are forgetting their history. At that time, Greek was the common language of commerce and education. I imagine that as a Pharisee, Nicodemus knew Hebrew, Latin, Greek, and Aramaic. Maybe more even. Having a Greek name would have made it easier for Nicodemus to be taken seriously by the Romans and other prominent members of society (since he was "fitting in").

In Hebrew, it would have been something like NQDYMVN or Naqdimon. It's also worth noting that the names we see in the New Testiment are mostly Anglicized from Latin versions of Greek names. Jesus from Yeshua. Simon from Shim'on. Peter from Cephus (Aramaic for "stone" - Peter is from petros, Greek for "stone").

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