[B-Greek] Mark's unusual Greek - Latin or semitic influences ?

frjsilver at optonline.net frjsilver at optonline.net
Sat Jul 7 18:22:55 EDT 2007

It might be of some interest to consult:
Elliott C. Maloney 
SBL Dissertation Series 51 
Society of Biblical Literature
Scholars Press, Chico CA 1981
ISBN 0-89130-406-1
Father James Silver
----- Original Message -----
From: Schmuel 
Date: Saturday, July 7, 2007 5:15 pm
Subject: [B-Greek] Mark's unusual Greek - Latin or semitic influences ?
To: frjsilver at optonline.net

> Hi Folks,
> Just as a counterpoint I would like to point out that the 
> analysis by Herman Hoskier indicated that Mark was originally 
> written in Latin or a Graeco-Latin dialect. I do not know if 
> any scholarly papers
> have compared the two theories (semitic or Latin origin of 
> Mark). However culturally the 
> Latin idea, with the Roman connection, and early church writer 
> references and even the indication in an early Peshitta 
> manuscript that Mark wrote for a Roman audience, seems quite sensible.
> Shalom,
> Steven Avery
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Messianic_Apologetic
> Father James Silver
> >While there's no doubt that Mark is preserved in Greek, it's 
> fairly widely accepted that he actually wrote in Aramaic. 
> Perhaps someday the _Urtext_ will be found. As a result, it's 
> not surprising that the Greek text of Mark shows some Semitic 
> influence. Not knowing the difference, or not having access to 
> explanations of such Semiticisms as there are, inexperienced 
> readers might find Mark's style a little misleading, since it's 
> very idiosyncratic.

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