Re: What language(s) did Jesus speak?

From: Perry L. Stepp (
Date: Fri Feb 28 1997 - 08:49:39 EST

Hello, Jack. I request that you provide argument/proof for the following
statements, rather than QED assertions.

All the *historical* (as opposed to polemical) reconstructions I'm aware of
(Hengel et. al.) show that the use of Greek was more pervasive than you
believe, even among the middle/lower class.

[speaking of Jesus]
> He is recorded reading the scriptures (in Hebrew) and certainly is
> familiar with scriptural and pseudepigraphal writings.
> His sermons to the "common folk" among whom he moved and spoke
> would have been in would his interchange with his family
> and
> friends. In short, I would pose that he was trilingual but at home in
> his native Middle Aramaic which also was probably ornamented with Greek
> "loan words."

Perry L. Stepp

Pastor, DeSoto Christian Church, DeSoto TX
Ph.D. candidate in New Testament, Baylor University

"A system of morality which is based on relative
emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar
conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing
                    Phaedo 69b

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