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And when the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost,” and they cried out for fear. Bible

“Ghost” is from the Greek phantasma, which means “an appearance.” Something that would appear and be of the spiritual world. Ghost is not exactly a perfect translation, since “ghost” means the spirit of a dead person, while “phantasma” might be any sort of spiritual appearance. Nevertheless, the disciples yelling, “It is an appearance!” just does not seem to do the verse justice.


Commentary for: Matthew 14:26