[B-Greek] A claim that Christ's teachings were delivered in Greek

Ken Penner kpenner at stfx.ca
Tue Aug 24 14:26:24 EDT 2010

I tend to associate the view you mention with Stan Porter "Did Jesus Ever Teach in Greek?" Tyndale Bulletin, 44 (1993), 199.

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

On 10-08-24 2:16 PM, "Blue Meeksbay" <bluemeeksbay at yahoo.com> wrote:

Since some have been discussing the languages used in the New Testament, I
thought this might be of interest to some. Is anyone familiar with it?  It was
written by Alexander Roberts, DD (of Ante-Nicene Church Fathers fame. He was
co-editor with Philip Schaff). He was also the Professor of Humanities at St.
Andrews University.  He apparently believed most of Christ's teachings were
delivered in Greek!  In fact the Preface to his book begins with the following:

*In this volume I make my final effort to convince the world that Greek was the
language habitually made use of by Christ in His public teaching, and that,
consequently, such a discourse as the Sermon on the Mount still remains to us in
the language in which it was originally delivered... The result at which Mr.
Roberts arrives is, that ' Christ spake for the most part in Greek, and only now
and then in Aramaic,' and he establishes this conclusion by an amount of
evidence which can hardly leave a doubt in the minds of unprejudiced readers.*

That is quite a claim. When I have more time, I would like to read it.

His book was titled:  Greek the language of Christ and His apostles, Alexander
Roberts, Longmans, Green, and co., 1888.  It can be found at -


With Regards,
Blue Harris

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