Regarded by the Hebrews as more than a natural phenomenon; Hebrew ruach means not only wind but also ‘breath’ and ‘spirit’. Hence the play on the words in John 3: 8. In the literal sense wind is mentioned in Luke 12: 55; a tempestuous wind called Euroclydon (Acts 27: 14, AV; ‘Euraquilo’, RV; ‘the northeaster’, NRSV, REB, NJB) was a sudden typhoon which blew down from the mountains of Crete.