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A little note on Greek engravings (and tattoos)

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A few years ago I saw a woman who had the word Jesus engraved on the back of her neck. The inscription was actually in Greek and the tattoo itself seemed to be of very good quality (as if I know what I am even talking about…). It was dark and pronounced. One striking feature of this tattoo was that the Greek word for Jesus was written with all the little diacritical marks that are used in modern editions of the New Testament. The problem is, these marks were not exactly used very often in 1st century AD. For more historical correctness the inscription should have been in capitals. While the same rule should really apply to Latin inscriptions as well, Greek is different precisely due to the diacritics. So, study Greek before you commit to an engraved message or a tattoo!