[b-hebrew] Fw: Aramaic to them?
kwrandolph at email.com
Tue Mar 2 18:07:50 EST 2004
I should have been more clear.
In the same way that Europeans were studying
Latin for centuries after it was no longer
spoken outside of academia, church and
government, so I understand that the first
century study in Judea and Samaria would have
had Hebrew as the cornerstone of their
education. Likewise, just as only a small
minority actually achieved fluency in Latin in
Europe, so only a minority (though probably
somewhat larger) actually achieved fluency in
The pattern I was looking at was not the
specific language, but the pattern of language
acquisition and usage.
Karl W. Randolph.
----- Original Message -----
From: Peter Kirk <peterkirk at qaya.org>
> On 01/03/2004 09:37, Karl Randolph wrote:
> >The classical Gymnasium program was very
> >strict: first Latin,...
> >Thats why the editors of the BHS expected
> >knowledge of Latin. And it is this pattern
> >that is one of the evidences why I dont
> >think the common people in Judea and Samaria
> >spoke Hebrew in the market, on the street or
> >at home.
> Thanks for your comments about Germany in the 1970s. But what on earth
> is the relevance to Judea and Samaria in the 1st century CE? Surely you
> are not claiming that Jews had to learn Latin before Hebrew?
> Peter Kirk
> peter at qaya.org (personal)
> peterkirk at qaya.org (work)
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