Amid the excitement of the NBA Finals, a Jewish news service posted a story examining the Hebrew tattoo Golden State Warriors MVP Stephen Curry sports on his right wrist.
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported Wednesday that the quote is an excerpt of 1 Corinthians 13:8 that translates to “love never fails.”
In 2013, Curry posted a Vine showing him getting the tattoo:
His wife got a matching one that day too:
JTA had some questions, like: Why Hebrew?
[T]he sharp-shooting guard is most definitely not Jewish, and the New Testament was written in Greek – so why is the star guard’s ink in Hebrew?
One clue lies in Curry’s mom Sonya, who co-founded a Christian Montessori school with her husband (former NBA player Dell Curry). According to the Jerusalem Post, she has been studying Hebrew for four years.
In a video posted online a couple of years ago, Curry described a little hand gesture he makes each time he scores as a sort of hat tip to God, “as a way to kind of just preach the message in little ways that I can.”
“There’s so many things that we have to overcome in this life and Jesus and his work on the cross he’s paid the ultimate price for us so I’m proud to be a child of God,” Curry said.
Curry’s tattoo isn’t the only scriptural intrigue surrounding the NBA finals.
The Internet was abuzz with interpretation of a verse from 1 Samuel which Hebrew readers said could be read as referencing both Cavaliers’ coach David Blatt and “the King,” that is, King [LeBron] James.