NYMPHS ARE LUKEWARM TOO: THE NYMPHS @ LUKEWARM’S LAODICEA CHURCH/CITY By Andre Austin, author of Lukewarm Church @ Laodicea: A parable of the Greek Leukos and Leukothea I just completed my reading of an article in the Biblical Archaeology Review magazine March/April 2017 issue. Mark R Fairchild title was Laodicea’s ‘Lukewarm Legacy”. I hit the jackpot again in advancing my thesis and hypothesis that the term Lukewarm was a parable to the Greek nymph, sea goddess Leukothea who saves lives by use of clothing by getting naked or switching clothes. Fairchild cites archaeological finds of what he calls “nymphaeum (a public fountain)” in the Lukewarm city of Laodicea p.31 Under Fairchild sub-heading of “FOUNTAINS FOR NYMPHS & KINGS” he reports that: “Four other nymphaea have been uncovered at Laodicea. In its earliest form, a nymphaeum was a grotto dedicated to the nymphs, female nature deities. Grottoes were selected as suitable shrines because nymphs were thought to inhabit them. Eventually, a nymphaeum came to refer to man-made grottoes and elaborate fountains-often decorated with statues p.32”. Luke is from the Greek Loukas and Wikipedia reports it means from Lukania then boing it down to Leukos=white. So we have a reference to Lukewarm as white water which can only be related to Homer’s nymph Leukothea, “a goddess of white waves” of the foam of the water in Odyssey 5:332-357. Leukos would also be dealing with spiritual blindness of the church (Leukomas, seeing white clouds). Lueukos is mentioned in the Illiad 4:490-500, Fairchild admits Laodicea had “an extensive textile (clothing) industry” p.35. He’s unaware that this fits into the theme of Rev 3: 14-22 requesting the Lukewarm church put on White (Leukos) clothes and stop being shamelessly naked and preoccupied with selling textiles (clothing) of glossy black wool. The New Testament writes use of Homer as a teaching tool for parables was nothing new. Harvard Ph.D, Dennis MacDonald has detected it in the gospel of mark and in the book of Acts. Before I read Fairchild’s article I sent an email to MacDonald and he called Leukothea a nymph but didn’t believe she could be symbolic of Lukewarm (whitewater) but the people in ancient times like Homer felt in the reverse. I’m very confident that Lukewarm was a parable to the nymph goddess Leukothea @ the church in Laodicea.