[b-hebrew] Aramaic in Babylonia

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Tue Jul 5 16:31:41 EDT 2005

Hi Karl,

That Aramaic was the lingua franca in the west during the Persian Period is
well documented. Do you know of official documents in Aramaic from Egypt
during the Saite period, before the Persian conquest?

----- Original Message -----
From: "Karl Randolph" <kwrandolph at email.com>
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Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Aramaic in Babylonia


Was there any _spoken_ difference between Akkadian and Aramaic during the
Neo-Babylonian period? That what appear to be differences may actually be
related to our faulty understanding of pronunciation?

All I can say definitely is that all the history sources I have read
indicate that Aramaic was the lingua Franca from the Neo-Babylonian period
through the end of the Persian empire. Further, official documents were
found in Egypt written in Aramaic from that period.

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Yigal Levin" <leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il>

> Hi y'all, and with apologies for cross-posting?
> Does anyone have any information on the status of Aramaic IN
> BABYLON during the Neo-Babylonian period? How widely was it used,
> by whom, did it have any official status (like it would during the
> Persian period)? Was the exiled Jewish community more likely to
> speak Aramaic or Babylonian/Akkadian? Are there any official
> documents in Aramaic?
> Thanks,
> Yigal Levi

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