aramaic influence

From: Jim West (jwest@Highland.Net)
Date: Fri May 14 1999 - 16:38:04 EDT

one example, i think, of aramaic influence on the greek text seems to reside
in luke 13:2, 4. here the "sinners" are then called "debtors"- a confusion
resolved when one realizes that the underlying aramaic most likely would
have been <aram> chayiv </aram>; a word meaning "indebted" (to God). the
greek translator rendered it "sinner" in v. 2 but "debtor" in v. 4.
the significance of understanding something of the aramaic world of Jesus in
interpreting gospel texts seems reaffirmed.



Jim West, ThD
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