Who or what were Cretans?


Titus 1:12

ESV - 12 One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.

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Cretans come from a island of Southeast Greece known as Crete which is located in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea near the Southern entrance to the Agean Sea. 
Crete is a rugged mountainous region, once inhabited by Minoan people, whose reputation was less than ideal. (Job 36:13)

A Greek philosopher, Epimenides (600 B.C.), characterized the Cretans as perpetual liars, evil beasts, and lazy gluttons (Titus 1:12).

Jews from this region were present in Jerusalem on Pentecost, and Christianity could have enjoyed its commencement on the island as a result of this historic occasion.
(Acts 2:11)

From a consideration of the book of Titus, it is apparent that Paul visited Crete at some point following his first Roman imprisonment (Acts 28).

The Cretans had an “attitude” weakness. Polybius, a Greek historian, described them as very revolutionary in spirit. 

And like so many we see today, they had an “authority” problem. 
Very likely the Cretan Christians had some difficulty in ridding themselves of this self-willed disposition.(Job 38:4)

An often confused term Cretan (a person from Crete) or cretin (fool/idiot/jerk).

In the Lord’s freedom …..warrior on

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