Home

Today's Verse Analysis

Luke 8:30 What is thy name?

Jesus confronts a man possessed by demons.

Spoken to:
an individual

Luke 8:30 Τί ​σοὶ ὄνομά ἐστιν;

KJV Verse:

Luke 8:30 What is thy name?

NIV Verse:

Luke 8:30 What is your name?

What His Listeners Heard:

What is a name to you? 

Lost In Translation:

The verse doesn't say "your name." It says "What is a name to you?" Jesus is not asking for a given name, but for a label that the man puts on himself in his raving.

KJV w/Translation Issues :
KJV List (See full page for word-by-word analysis):

Constantly Updated

My analysis standards and methods are constantly improving. New information on each verse is provided as articles are updated. It requires approximately two years to work through each of Jesus's verses.

What Jesus's Listeners Heard

The everyday meanings of the Greek words Jesus used were different than the definitions they have been given over time in biblical translation. The word translations here are based upon documents of his time such as the Greek Septuagint, not ideas unknown in his time.

About this Site

See what Jesus said in Greek and see how his words are changed in English translation. My goal is to translate Jesus's words as they were heard when he taught, not the way they are interpreted today. The work here resurrects the humor and cleverness of Jesus's words lost in translation.

Free Supscriptions

Regular emails from Substack, subscribe to Rediscovering Jesus's Words.

Do Your Own Research

Each article provides detailed information on all the Greek words in each verse with links simplifying your own research. It compares the Greek to popular translations to show where words are confused, changed, left out, and added. This site offers research available nowhere else, such as how often Jesus uses a specific Greek word and links to a list of every verse in which he uses a given word.