8 Igbo Words/Phrases Used In The Ancient Bible (No. 8 Will Shock You)

Igbo Language was one of the original languages used in writing the Bible before it was translated to different other languages. Igbo Language which is the language of today Ibos in south eastern part of Nigeria was one of the ancient languages spoken in the biblical times. 

"Hebrew" is a transliteration of "Ibo". That is why some scholars believe that Igbos are the lost tribe of Israel. If you know Ibo language very well and watch the movie titled "The Passion of Christ" directed by Mel Gibson and released in 2004, you will understand some parts of the film without the subtitles when you listen attentively to the Hebrew/Aramaic words spoken in the movie. Aramaic was the language of Hebrews until 132 AD to 135 AD and was believed to be the language Jesus and ancient prophets used.

I know you will be thinking in your mind "what is this guy saying". Okay, let me just mention few words or phrases you are very familiar with in the bible and their Ibo origin.

1. Genesis
This is the 1st chapter in the Hebrew and Christian Bible. It originated from The Igbo phrase "jee na isi isi" which when translated in English means "go to the very first"

2. Deuteronomy
This is the 5th book of the Torah(a section of the Hebrew Bible) and the Christian Old Testament from Latin Deuteronomium, from Greek Deuteronomion and originally from Igbo phrase "detere nu umu". The Igbo phrase, "Detere nu umu" means "written down for the children". And actually, the book of Deuteronomy were words written down to serve as laws for the children of God i.e Hebrews or Ibos. The book is a repetition, with comments, of the Decalogue and most of the laws of Exodus. Are you surprised? You have not seen anything yet. Just keep on reading.

3. Sabbath
You must have heard that after creation God rested on the 7th day. Sabbath is a day set aside for rest and worship. According to Exodus 20:8, the Sabbath was commanded by God to be kept as a holy day of rest, as God Himself rested from creation. The word was from the Igbo phrase "asaa bu taa" which means "today is seventh"

4. Cherubim 
Cherubim is a winged angelic being described in Biblical tradition as attending on God, represented in ancient Middle Eastern art as a lion or bull with eagles' wings and a human face. Cherubim is regarded in traditional Christian angelology as an angel of the second highest order of the  nine-fold celestial hierarchy. The name is from Igbo phrase "chere ubim" which means "guard my home". We all know that Angels are guards.

See also 25 English words borrowed from Igbo language

5. Jacob
Jacob, later called Israel, is one of the two sons of Isaac and Rebecca and the father of the twelve founders of the 12 tribes of Israel. He was born holding his twin brother Esau's heel which thus gave him the name Jacob. The origin of the name is from the Igbo phrase "jiko obi" which means "holding together" in English Language.

6. Israel
In the bible when Jacob was in his nineties as a token of blessing God changed his name to Israel. Israel was coined from "i zere le" meaning you have escaped troubles" or "you have conquered or prevailed". 

7. Egypt
Most Egyptologists and lay people know that Egypt was derived from Greek word "Aegyptos". But few have ever traced the origin of the word. Aegyptos is a contraction of the Greek term "Hi-Gi-Ptos". The main origin is the Igbo term "ije puta" which means a place where travelers from different regions get to.

In Torah and the Christian old testament bible, Jacob and his children in search of food came to stay in Egypt. Also, in the Christian new testament Bible, Joseph and Mary ran to Egypt when Herod wanted to kill baby Jesus.

8. Talitha cumi
You remember the popular bible story of the dead little daughter of Jairus who Jesus brought back to life? See Mark 5:41. 

Jairus, a patron or ruler of a Galilee synagogue, had asked Jesus to heal his little daughter, who in gospels according to Mark and Luck was dying, and in Matthew's simplified account, had already died. 

As they were travelling to Jairus's house, a sick woman in the crowd touched Jesus' cloak and was healed of her sickness. Jesus turned round to the woman and said you have been healed of your sins have faith in the Lord. 

Moments later, a messenger arrived with the news that Jairus' daughter had died, and was advised not to bother Jesus any further. But Jesus told them to have faith as he continued to the house and informed them that the girl was not dead but asleep. "He took her by hand and said to her, "Talitha cumi" and the little girl woke up.

"Talitha cumi" or "Talitha kum" or "Talitha koum" is an Aramaic phrase and originally from Igbo phrase "nta lite kuo ume" which means "little child wake up and start breating".

7 Most Visited 'Catholic' Adoration Ministries In Nigeria With Jaw Dropping Signs And Wonders (Number 7 Will Shock You)

1. Pilgrimage Center of Eucharistic Adoration Elele

Left: Fr. Edeh and Former Prime Minister of Norway during his visit to Elele           Right: Fr. Edeh and Malala Yousafzai

The Pilgrimage Centre of Eucharistic Adoration was founded in 1985 in Elele town Rivers State, Nigeria by a Roman Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Mathew Paul Edeh popularly called 'Father Edeh' or 'Father Elele'. This place has been a host to millions of pilgrims from different parts of the world making it the largest pilgrimage centre in Africa. 

Till today, thousands of people, both Catholics and non-Catholics, throng to the prayer site for prayers, counselling, divine solution to their problems, and even for sightseeing. His museum of charms(voodoos) and fetish objects located within the Peace Center Elele has the largest collection of 'juju' in the christian world. After deliverance, people who have given their life to Christ submit their juju which are rendered powerless with prayer and holy water. The formally diabolical 'weapons of mass destruction' are then placed in the museum for tourists to see. This is the first of it's kind in the world. 
Stan Emert of Rainmakers TV at the Museum with Fr. Edeh
It's monthly program, the Pilgrimage week, holds every first week of the month. The highlight of the event's activities are day and midnight masses, testimonies, thanksgiving and sermons from Father Edeh and other powerful priests.

2. Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria (AMEN)
Left: Fr. Mbaka and Aisha Buhari during her visit        Right: Fr. Mbaka, Governor of Enugu State and wife of  Vice President
Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria abbreviated to AMEN is to many Nigerians the final bus stop when looking for spiritual help. The adoration ministry is the brainchild of Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, a fearless Roman Catholic priest with 'spiritual bulletproof' body (shot several times to no avail) and miraculous powers.

AMEN which has its permanent site at Umuchigbo Iji-Nike in Emene, Enugu, Nigeria is like another Jerusalem. Amazing miracles and mind blowing testimonies have been associated with the ministry drawing millions of Catholics and non-Catholics from the nooks and crannies of the country to the adoration centre during its weekly all-night adoration crusade. AMEN is also the most visited christian center by top Nigerian politicians. 'Umu ikuku', as the followers of the adoration ministry are fondly called, are scattered all over the world but predominantly in the South-East part of Nigeria. 

In AMEN, the result of the 2015 presidential election which brought Muhammadu Buhari of All Progressive Congress into power was announced 5 months before the election took place. The prophecy which shocked the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party and the entire country later came to pass to the disappointment of many other 'powerful prophets' who have earlier prophesied that the then incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan would win. 

3. Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry Uke

Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry Uke in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State was founded by a Roman Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Obimma aka 'Ebube Muonso'. The ministry is also associated with many signs and wonders. 

During the weekly adoration crusade, the center is always overcrowded with people. In the early hours of Saturday, 2nd of November, 2013, there was stampede after prayers at the adoration ground which killed not less than 25 people while many were injured. The then Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, who was accompanied to the crusade by Sir Victor Umeh, Willie Obiano and few others would have been caught in the stampede if not for the fact that he left with his team shortly before the close of the crusade. Vigil was usually held at the adoration centre on every first Friday of the month.

4. Canaanland Adoration Ministry (E-Dey Work) Mbaise

Canaanland Adoration Ministry (E-Dey Work) with center at Umuoma Onicha, Ezinihitte in Mbaise, Imo State is another crowd pulling adoration ministry. The Spiritual director, Rev. Fr. Magnus Ebere is a young Roman Catholic Priest blessed with great miraculous powers. 'E-dey Work' fondly called 'E-Dey Wor Wor Wor' is well known in Nnewi Anambra State and Mbaise Imo State. 

Every Wednesday, many Catholics and non-Catholics in Mbaise and environs abandon their jobs and all roads lead to Canaanland Adoration Ministry. Jaw dropping miracles are always witnessed there drawing many people from different parts of the country to the adoration ground every Wednesday. 

 5. Lumen Christi Family Adoration Ministry Issele-uku

Lumen Christi Family Adoration ministry was founded by Rev. Fr. Mario David Dibie, a very lively and powerful priest of the Roman Catholic Church. This ministry is a very successful one that has touched the lives of all Catholics and non-Catholics in Delta State. 

The weekly Tuesday prayers at the adoration ground in Issele-uku Delta State is like heaven on earth. A mammoth crowd singing and dancing to worship songs fill the adoration ground. Witches, wizards and members of evil cults which are numerous in Delta state are given sleepless nights leading  to one time kidnapping and release of Fr. Mario Dibie by members of the occultic kingdom around 2007. Many of the agents of darkness later gave their life to Christ and shunned occultism.    

6. Okunerere Adoration Ministry(OKAM) Nsukka

Okunerere Adoration Ministry (OKAM) is a popular adoration ministry located close to Queen of the Rosary College in Nsukka, Enugu State. It is ran by Rev. Fr. Paul Obayi popularly known as Okunaerere. During the ministry's Friday adoration, unprecedented crowd normally storm the adoration ground for healing, family liberation, breaking of curses and so on.

The ministry is known for the destruction of powers of darkness. Miracles and shocking testimonies also abound there making it one of the most sought after adoration ministries in Nigeria.

7. Blessed Family Adoration Ministry Mbano

Take it or leave it. The crowd pulled by Blessed Adoration Ministry in Onuimo, Mbano, Imo State is something else and is worthy to make this list. The founder, Rev. Fr. Modestus Chiedozie Chilaka, is now a house hold name in the Christendom. He has always been in the news in recent times. Sometime ago, the internet almost exploded with the news of a dead man who rose from death in his ministry. He is the first Nigerian priest of the Catholic Church of the East. 

Rev. Fr. Modestus Chiedozie Chilaka pours holy water on the dead who was about to be buried

The dead man rose again and is held by his wife

Rev. Fr. Modestus Chiedozie Chilaka Mobbed by the press
A good number of Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Pentecostals and some other denominations believe that Rev. Fr. Modestus Chiedozie Chilaka is a great prophet God is using to raise the dead, heal the sick and cast out evil spirits resulting to mass exodus to his adoration ministry which is not of Roman Catholic Church but of Catholic Church of the East. This has led to series of attacks by Nigerian Roman Catholic and Anglican leaders against the ministry accusing the founder of stealing their church members.