[b-hebrew] Aramaic and Hebrew in the prayer book

Peter Kirk peter.r.kirk at ntlworld.com
Thu Jun 26 12:08:42 EDT 2003

Yigal Levin wrote:

>... Interesting to note that despite the fact that many
>Jews knew Greek and that many synagogue inscriptions are in Greek, it was
>Aramaic that became the common Jewish language. ... Maybe because Greek
>was identified... with Christianity...


This one seems unlikely. Christians in the eastern parts of the Roman 
empire and further east spoke Aramaic/Syriac, not Greek. In fact they 
still do today, in Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. There were Greek 
speaking Christians in Antioch from quite early, see Acts 11:19-21, but 
the Syriac speaking church seems to have been dominant in the region in 
the early centuries CE.

Peter Kirk
peter.r.kirk at ntlworld.com

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