The claim: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said, 'Jesus loves the U.S. most, and that is why the Bible is written in English'
Six months after entering Congress, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, R-Ga., is yet again the subject of a falsely attributed quote on social media.
"'Jesus loves the U.S. most and that is why the Bible is written in English.' – Marjorie Taylor Greene," reads a July 26 Facebook post that has been shared almost 400 times.
USA TODAY reached out to the poster for comment.
No evidence Greene made statement
USA TODAY found no evidence that Greene said, "Jesus loves the U.S. most and that is why the Bible is written in English."
Nick Dyer, Greene's communications director, told USA TODAY the claim is not true.
While Greene has mentioned the Bible on social media, an in-depth search of her Twitter accounts, where she posts almost daily, shows no records of the statement.
A Google search returned a list of independent fact checks debunking this same claim.
The only prior reference USA TODAY found online was in 2013 when an image of Bachmann was shared on Reddit with the same caption. It was debunked as there was no evidence the former congresswoman ever said that.
Greene has been the target of misattributed quotes before. In February, USA TODAY debunked a similar Facebook post claiming Greene said, "If English was good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for us."
Bible originally written in mix of languages
While the Bible has been translated into hundreds of languages, the original wasn't written in English.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America says Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic are "the original languages of the Holy Bible from which all the translations have been delivered."
Aramaic was the most common language in much of the Middle East during Jesus' lifetime, while Hebrew had been chosen as the preferred language for religious scholars and scriptures at the time.
The first instances of English date back to the Fifth Century when three groups of Germanic citizens – the Anglos, Saxons and Jutes – moved to current Great Britain and used Celtic and Latin words to create "Old English."
That timeline puts the creation of English about 200 years after the first official establishment and compilation of biblical texts.
Our rating: False
We rate FALSE the claim that Greene said, "Jesus loves the U.S. most and that's why the Bible is written in English." There's no evidence Greene made that statement, which dates back as a spoof quote more than a decade. The congresswoman's communications director says the claim is not true.
Our fact-check sources:
USA TODAY, Feb. 5, Fact check: Decades-old quote misattributed to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene
Waffles at Noon, Feb. 4, 2014, Did Michele Bachmann Say the Bible was Written in English?
Reddit u/CharlieDarwin, Dec. 22, 2013, "American Christian Exceptionalism" thread
The New York Times, May 23, 1881, "Preaching on the Bible: Pulpit Opinions of the New Version"
Center for Biblical Studies, April 8, 2014, April 3, AD 33: Why We Believe We Can Know the Exact Date Jesus Died
VOX, March 2, 2015, 25 maps that explain the English language
History, March 30, 2020, What Language Did Jesus Speak?
History, Jan. 19, 2018, The Bible
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, accessed July 28, The Bible: Its Original Languages and English Translations
Twitter, accessed July 29, Twitter search
ProPublica Politwoops, accessed July 29, keyword search
Google, accessed July 29, keyword search
Nick Dyer, July 29, Email exchange with USA TODAY
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