[B-Greek] Inscriptions

Mark Lightman lightmanmark at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 24 22:30:58 EDT 2010

Eddie, try this one.


I wonder which was better, Paul's Latin, Jesus' Greek, or Cleopatra's Egyptian? 
When told that the mayor of Dublin was Jewish, Yogi Berra said "Only in 

 Mark L


From: Eddie Mishoe <edmishoe at yahoo.com>
To: B Greek <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tue, August 24, 2010 7:45:24 PM
Subject: [B-Greek] Inscriptions

Is there any well-researched book that informs us about the main spoken language 
of the empire in various places based on the preponderance of inscriptions? 
Since Paul's churches in the West and East are both written in Greek, can we 
assume that Greek was the lingua franca of all parts of the empire?

Why all the speculation about what was the main language spoken in various 
parts. Was not even the church in Jerusalem Greek-speaking? I'm not sure how 
important it would be for the non-Jew to speak Aramaic, since Greek would be the 
medium of exchange, presumably. 

Any interesting articles on the Net would be helpful. Does not Stanley Porter 
contend that Greek was basically spoken throughout the empire?

Eddie Mishoe

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