When the phrase “flesh and blood” is heard, I immediately think of communion when Jesus says “this is my flesh, take and eat” and “this is my blood, take and drink.” The next thing that comes to mind is “flesh of my flesh and bone of my bones,” which is from the Bible meaning that a person is related.
The phrase “flesh and blood,” does come from the Bible, but neither of these are the source. Instead, it is when Jesus is talking to Simon Barjona. He is saying that what was revealed to Simon Barjona was not done by “flesh and blood” (in other words humans), but by God.
This can be seen in the Greek when it is written “σὰρξ καὶ αἷμα” or transliterated as “sarx kai aima.” The translation of these words is “flesh and bone.” This comes from Matthew 16:17.
The earliest English version known is the Anglo-Saxon Bible from circa 1000. It says, “Hit ye ne onwreah flaesc ne blod.”
Today, people use the phrase “flesh and blood” to mean family or humans.
There are now many movies with the title Flesh and Blood . One of these is a documentary about skin and body modification. These go beyond tattoos and piercings into implanting things under the skin, hanging by flesh hooks, and other odd and painful body modifications.
Flesh and Blood is also the title of a book by Michael Cunningham.
Cunningham, M. (n.d.). Amazon.com: Flesh And Blood (9780684874319): Michael Cunningham: Books. Amazon.com: Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more . Retrieved February 15, 2011, from http://www.amazon.com/Flesh-Blood-Michael-Cunningham/dp/0684874318
Flesh & Blood – A Body Modification Documentary by Larry Silverman. (n.d.). Flesh & Blood – A Body Modification Documentary by Larry Silverman . Retrieved February 15, 2011, from http://www.fleshandbloodmovie.com
Martin, G. (n.d.). Flesh and blood. The meanings and origins of sayings and phrases . Retrieved February 15, 2011, from http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/138700.html
Matthew 16:17 Greek Texts and Analysis. (n.d.). Biblos.com: Search, Read, Study the Bible in Many Languages . Retrieved February 15, 2011, from http://biblos.com/matthew/16-17.htm
Yahoo! Movies Search Results. (n.d.). Yahoo! Movies: Read Movie Reviews, Find Showtimes and View Trailers . Retrieved February 15, 2011, from http://movies.yahoo.com/mv/search?fr=ush-movies&toggle=1&cop=&ei=UTF-8&p=flesh+and+blood