After reading Wayne’s recent posts of Christmas-related topics, it occurred to me that it might be good to clarify the expression Merry Xmas. I sometimes hear people complain that the X in Xmas takes Christ out of Christmas. Actually, the X has long been an abbreviation of Christ since it represents the first Greek letter of Хριστος and resembles its form more closely than “ch” does. It might be more evident if Christ were commonly written as Xrist, or Xmas were written as Chmas.
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My wife and I supervised Bible translation projects for six years among the Gola people of Liberia, West Africa, and ten years among the Lakota Sioux Indians of South Dakota. While working with Wycliffe Bible Translators in SD, we met Wayne and Elena Leman about the year 1980 and have been good friends ever since. I've taught (gratis) New Testament Greek for 15 years and Biblical Hebrew for eight. Dissatisfied with the general unnaturalness and lack of clarity in English Bible translations, I spent seven years translating the New Testament (published as "The Better Life Bible") for people who rarely read (or have never read) the Bible. I'm an independent thinker and host a monthly interfaith discussion group. I enjoy playing most sports and I play guitar in church on occasion. I treasure my wife and the time we share with our three children and two grandchildren. View all posts by Dan Sindlinger