[B-Greek] Paul writing in Latin or Hebrew/Aramaic?

Ken Penner kpenner at stfx.ca
Mon Aug 23 12:37:41 EDT 2010

Consider some other first-century documents from/to Rome:

Josephus wrote for the Flavian Romans in Greek.
Clement of Rome wrote in Greek, as was already mentioned in this thread.
The Shepherd of Hermas wrote in Greek at Rome (though a Latin translation was made soon afterward, and has survived more completely than the Greek).

Other Romans wrote in Greek. Hippolytus springs immediately to mind.


Ken M. Penner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Religious Studies
St. Francis Xavier University
Antigonish, NS
kpenner at stfx.ca

On 10-08-22 11:29 PM, "David McKay" <davidmckay52 at gmail.com> wrote:

I've just read this assertion on another list and am interested in your
comments, please:

"And no, Greek was not the language of the Romans.  They spoke Latin.  Paul
would have written to Rome either in one of his better languages
(Hebrew/Aramaic) or theirs (Latin), but there's little logic behind the idea
he would have written to them in Greek."

David McKay
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