Hellenists Complained about the Hebrews: The word in Greek for Greek people is Hellenists, the word used in Acts 6:1.
Acts 6:1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. KJV
Acts 6:1 In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. NIV
The NIV Study Bible says the Grecian Jews were those “born in lands other than Palestine who spoke the Greek language and were more Grecian than Hebraic in their attitudes and outlook.” The ones called Grecians were not born outside Israel. Those properly called Hellenists were born and brought up in Judea in families that had become more Greek than Jewish because they were backslidden Jews who loved the Greek culture, spoke Greek, attended the theater, the gym, and the games. It is disgraceful that the NIV editors referred to the country known as Judea at the time the Book of Acts was written, calling Judea Palestine, about eighty years before Emperor Hadrian named it Palestine. That shows the ignorance and prejudice of some of our scholars. See Hellenists in Glossary.
Acts 6:1 Now about this time, when the number of the disciples was greatly increasing, complaint was made by the Hellenists (the Greek-speaking Jews) against the [native] Hebrews because their widows were being overlooked and neglected in the daily ministration (distribution of relief). AMP
The Amplified did very well until they added native showing that the translators of the Amplified were like those who translated the NIV and did not know about the divisions of first century Israel. The Hellenists were native Israelis who loved the Greek lifestyle and were marginal Jews. They were Sadducees and included the most influential members of Israeli society, even the High Priests.
Acts 6.1. And in those days as the disciples were increasing in number there was a complaint of the Hellenists against the Hebrews, because their widows were being neglected in the daily service. ONM
The Jewish Roots of Christianity are very real. The deacons chosen in answer to the problem of service to the Hellenists were all Hellenists with Greek names.