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Koinonia: Why Christians Can Ace National Spelling Bee's Final Word

Koinonia: Why Christians Can Ace National Spelling Bee's Final Word

Karthik Nemmani (L) poses with the championship trophy and E.W. Scripps Company CEO Adam Symson after Nemmani correctly spelled the word 'koinonia' to win the 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center May 31, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 01 June 2018 05:04 PM

Although Koinonia, the final word given at this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee, would have stumped many people, it should be a snap to many Christians. It’s derived from the Greek and defined as a “spiritual community,” or more commonly a Christian fellowship or communion, Christianity Today reported.

As such, the word has been used to name a host of Christian ministries, including youth camps, retreats, faith-based bands — and even coffee shops.

Because of that, 14-year-old reigning spelling bee champion Karthik Nemmani said he knew the word the moment it was announced.

Christian author Rachel Held Evans quipped:

Sen. Ted Cruz observed that both Nemmani and the speller coming in second place hailed from the Lone Star State. The Texas Republican lawmaker tweeted:

Another Christian-based word came up during the course of the competition: pseudepigrapha. It refers to “noncanonical writings said to be authored by biblical figures,” according to Christianity Today.

Nemmani breezed through that one also.

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Koinonia, the final word given at the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee, may stump many people, but it should be a snap to many Christians. Derived from Greek and defined as a “spiritual community,” koinonia is commonly used to describe a Christian fellowship or communion.
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