Re: What language(s) did Jesus speak?

From: Jack Kilmon (
Date: Sun Mar 02 1997 - 12:01:51 EST

Adrian Popa wrote:
> Jack,
> I don't think that we are saying vastly different things here. That is, we seem to agree
> that Jesus made limited use of the Greek language. I do think, however, that your
> distinction between the "language of commerce" and (presumably) the language of daily
> communication (education being part of that) is somewhat debatable. But, suppose it
> stood, I'm still wondering what's so "commercial" or "industrial" about the conversation
> between Jesus and Pilate, or the Greeks who sought him, or the Greek woman of Tyre, not
> to metion the Caesarean episode. Surely, you wouldn't want to explain such Graecisisms
> as mere use of "loan words"?

        No, I am sure that Jesus could get along well in Greek and did so on
occasions you mention. Themost important factor for speculating on which
language he used at particular times is hius audience.


Jack Kilmon

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