Re: Hebrew and Greek as languages

From: Micheal Palmer (
Date: Mon Apr 20 1998 - 00:31:23 EDT

At 11:14 PM -0500 4/18/98, Jack Kilmon wrote:
>Micheal Palmer wrote:
>> How would you interpret the evidence of the Caiaphas osuary (fairly clearly
>> dated in the NT period)? Is it just an archaic script used for effect or am
>> I remembering it incorrectly?
> The name of Caiaphas on his ossuary is written in Aramaic. The
>Aramaic square script of the 1st century was not the ornate style of the
>Masoretic texts which developed in late antiquity, our earliest example
>is Codex Cairensis, I believe (9th century). The script on the ossuary
>is normal for non-scribal script of the time. The DSS represent the
>normal range of Hasmonean and Herodian styles. The so-called "Yahad"
>ostracon is typical of a non-scribal script. I think the ostraca of
>the 1st century gives us a better picture of "normal hand" writing than
>scribal texts.

Thanks Jack. This is helpful.

Micheal W. Palmer
Religion & Philosophy
Meredith College

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