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There are thousands of languages all over the globe with some of them being widely spoken while others are less common. Both major and minor languages have evolved over the course of many centuries thereby encountering many regional, cultural and religious changes. One of such changes is the emergence of new terminologies in the languages. According to Cambridge Dictionary term is “a word or expression used in relation to a particular subject, often to describe something official or technical”. Terms in the language can vary and are mostly related to a narrow specific field such as medicine, law or religion which this article will highlight in details. Most religions are known to appear in a particular region and then they are spread by people into numerous regions, cities and countries. Since nations follow different religions for a long span of time, the impact of the religion on the dialect is inevitable. This article, therefore, interprets various religious terms incorporated to English from Bible as most English speakers are known to follow the religion. In particular, the definition and in-context use of the terms below will be highlighted.

  1. The land of milk and honey

The phrase is widely known to describe a developed place or area which is prospering. As it is mentioned in Merriam Webster Dictionary land of milk and honey means a place where there is plenty of food and money and life is very easy. To illustrate, the phrase is used in several contexts as follows: “Many immigrants thought that America was a land of milk and honey”. The phrase, however, was first mentioned in Bible: “Nevertheless, God promises they will not stay in the desert forever. He will bring them out of Egypt, out of the wilderness, and into a land flowing with milk and honey (Exodus 3:8).”


The commonly used phrase which means that people cannot change who they are and that they have to accept true versions of themselves. The phrase can be used in the following context: “The teacher tried to be kind to her students, but a leopard can’t change its spots, she was still very mean.” The Bible describes it as follows: “Can the Ethiopian change his skin Or the leopard his spots? Then you also can do good Who are accustomed to evil and even trained to do it.” (Jeremiah 13:23).


Collins Dictionary explains this phrase as “If you describe something as a millstone or a millstone around your neck, you mean that it is a very unpleasant problem or responsibility that you cannot escape from.” and gives the following example “That contract proved to be a millstone around his neck.” The Bible also includes the first example of the use of the term. In Matthew (18:6) it says ““But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”


The old adage that there is nothing new under the Sun is frequently misattributed to Shakespeare, who used a similar concept as the opening of his 59th sonnet as an expression of world-weariness and a tiredness of a lack of fresh ideas. In truth, the term derives from Ecclesiastes, a book in the Old Testament that states, "everything which has been done is that which shall be done, and there is no new thing under the Sun" (1:9)


In English, the writing on the wall is a proverb showing a bad luck or misfortune since the 1700’s. The idiom originates from the Old Testament tale of Belshazzar’s Feast, a grand banquet hosted by the Babylonian king Belshazzar for a thousand of his lords. As recounted in the Book of Daniel (5:1-31), in middle of the feast a ghostly disembodied hand supposedly appeared behind the king and wrote on the wall “mene mene tekel upharsin.” Unable to interpret the text himself (the words are literally a list of different Hebrew measurements), Belshazzar called on the prophet Daniel, who quickly explained that the message meant the king’s kingdom was soon to be “numbered, weighed, and divided.” That night, Belshazzar was killed, and Babylon was claimed by the Persians.


This is a popular expression used when referring to a very small portion of something considerably larger. For example, it could be used as, "We've saved $1,000 for our first home, but it's really only a drop in the bucket." Phrases.org mentions that the phrase takes its origins from the Bible, as it was written in the verse Isaiah 40:15, “Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.”


This phrase can be used in a situation when somebody invites others over for eating a delicious meal at his home. Breaking bread means having a tasty meal together ad it is also cited in verses of the Bible, specifically in Matthew 26:26, “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.”


This is another popular phrase which means to literally face the earth or taste the defeat. It can be used as “All competitors, except for the champion, bite the dust”: Interestingly, the verses of Bible have saying in Psalms 72:9 “They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before Him; and His enemies shall lick the dust”.


The phrase implies the fact that something bad that leads to something good. To set a context, “Her being fired from that company was a blessing in disguise. She became self-employed and now has several sources of income.” These blessings came to a number of people in the Bible in "disguise." They may have viewed their current situation as a test or anything other than beneficial. God, on the other hand, may use the terrible times for His glory. The Bible says “Although Daniel and his friends might have viewed this as a trying circumstance, they continued to work diligently in their schooling and proved themselves far wiser than anyone else in the King's service in Babylon” (Daniel 1:20).


As it is known, Mecca is a holy city of Muslims and every year several billion of them visit the city. The meaning of Mecca for somebody is taken out of this context and it is defined as a place of a great interest for somebody. For example, Ancient cities like Rome and Athens, can be Mecca for historians because there are lots of historic buildings.

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