The word “truth” is mentioned 225 times in the original Hellenic (Greek) Biblical script: aletheia (ἀλήθεια). Its Biblical usage is based on the following: truth, but not merely truth as spoken; truth of idea, reality, sincerity, truth in the moral sphere, divine truth revealed to man, straightforwardness. [In ancient Greek culture, 225 (alḗtheia) was synonymous for “reality” as the opposite of illusion, i.e. fact.]

The popular idiom “the truth will set you free” is of Biblical origin – it is a quote from Jesus Christ in the Book of John:

John 8:32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (ἡ ἀλήθεια ἐλευθερώσει ὑμᾶς)

The truth was valued by the Hellenes beyond any other ‘worldly’ thing (e.g. fame, fortune, ‘keeping up appearances’, and so on). Freedom was also paramount to them: is it any wonder that their two most valued philosophical concepts, are inextricably linked?


Why do you think people are told to swear to tell the truth on the Bible when they go to court? (It does not have to be the Bible but it is usually the first choice. This is because it is the document from which all REAL Law is sourced.)