Found only in the New Testament, where a distinction is observed between "Greek" and "Grecian" (q.v.). The former is (1) a Greek by race (Ac 16:1-3; 18:17; Ro 1:14), or (2) a Gentile as opposed to a Jew (Ro 2:9-10). The latter, meaning properly "one who speaks Greek," is a foreign Jew opposed to a home Jew who dwelt in Palestine.
The word "Grecians" in Ac 11:20 should be "Greeks," denoting the heathen Greeks of that city, as rendered in the Revised Version according to the reading of the best manuscripts ("Hellenes").
?????. A native of Greece. For their origin, and reference to them in the O.T., see GRECIA and GRECIANS. In the N.T. we read that some came to Jerusalem to worship and desired to see Jesus; but He was then just about to be offered up. Joh 12:20-24. The Greeks were an intellectual people and naturally sought after wisdom; and Christ crucified was unto them foolishness. How could they naturally think of having faith in a man crucified with malefactors? But to the called ones Christ became the power and wisdom of God. 1Co 1:22-24. In Paul's evangelising among them 'great multitudes ' believed, and lost their proud nationality in Christ. Ac 14:1; 17:4; Ga 3:28; Col 3:11.