[b-hebrew] Aramaic - Abba

Harold R. Holmyard III hholmyard at ont.com
Fri Jul 22 15:51:28 EDT 2005

Dear Peter

>Well, there are several apparently Aramaic words recorded in
>transliteration in Mark's gospel, e.g. TALIQA in 5:41 and SABACQANI in
>15:34 (Q = theta, C = chi), and an apparently Hebrew one, ELWI = Elohi
>in 15:34 (W = omega). Translations into Greek are given for all of them,
>just as for "Abba". One interpretation is that Jesus was always speaking
>Aramaic. Another is that Jesus was normally speaking Hebrew which was
>translated into Greek, and the few Aramaic words preserved are preserved
>to show their distinctively Aramaic nature.

HH: Another source that thinks Mark 15:34 involves Aramaic is the NET 
Bible. Here is a note that it has on the verse:

sn Perhaps the crowd thought Jesus was calling for Elijah because the 
exclamation "my God, my God" (i.e., in Aramaic, Eloi, Eloi) sounds 
like the name Elijah.

				Harold Holmyard

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