[b-hebrew] Discovering the language of Jesus
Chris and Nel
wattswestmaas at eircom.net
Sun Oct 1 13:46:14 EDT 2006
I am not able to answer the question about Jesus, but I would like to
'donate' some balance to the idea that all the jews coming back from babylon
spoke Aramaic, this reasoning propagated by many, is entirely unjustified.
Nehemiah 13:24 is but a small, indicative clue to the practicality of the
situation. I believe that common sense and modern history can teach us that
many Jews would have retained their native dialects and passed them on.
Some would have abandoned their children's language to the language of
Babylonia. My own children have not been allowed to forget their native
language in spite of living in an English speaking environment. I have heard
and read it so many times that the Jews spoke aramaic after Babylon -- and I
find it a simplistic view of a complex environment. Nehemiah 13:24 does in
no way deny that jews may well be conversing in aramaic, the business
community, to converse with their neighbours etc, but it also presents an
unexpected portrayal of Practical daily life that I am thankful was inserted
into the scripture.
To the List memebers,
Can you give an opinion on the subject and on a book 'Discovering the
Language of Jesus'
by Douglas Hamp?
How plausible is his claim that He spoke in Hebrew; while it is
acknowledged that the Jews (Judeans, etc.) spoke Aramaic (from the
heritage of Babylonian exile)?
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